This latest weekly update for the spring semester summarizes the campus shift to a mask-free environment. Information will also continue to be shared campus COVID-19 information page.
Mask-optional starts March 7th
The university announced on Monday, February 28, that it The CU Boulder campus will be mask-free at 6 Monday, March 7th. Until then, masks are still required in all public indoor spaces, classrooms and laboratories.
Note: Masks will continue to be required after March 7 at the Wardenburg Health Center.
Why masks will be optional
In recent weeks, we have witnessed several encouraging trends in COVID-19 transmission. These include a rapid decline in transmission on our campus, in Boulder County, and across the state, as well as a significant decline in COVID-19-related hospitalizations.
In addition, we maintain one high vaccination rate, including boosters, among our students and staff. The latest state modeling estimates that 90% of Coloradans are currently immune to infection with the omicron variant through either vaccination, previous infection, or both. And on February 25th The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidewith Boulder County no longer classified as an area where masks are recommended.
As we have done since the start of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 measurements at campus, local and state level, in the event that changing circumstances require us to re-evaluate our protocols.
For those who prefer to continue wearing a mask
We recognize that members among our students, faculties, and staff have different levels of comfort in public spaces, and that some members of our community have personal relationships that speak in favor of continued masking. While wearing masks on campus will soon be optional, we encourage those who prefer to do so to continue wearing them, and we support their decision.
Properly fitted N95 or KN95 masks remain an effective tool for preventing infection, especially in connection with vaccination. In fact, for those who want the extra layer of protection, a recent study noted that those who wear a well-fitting N95 or KN95 indoors are 83% less likely to test positive for COVID-19 than those who do not wear a mask.
We ask that everyone respect the choices of their colleagues and peers while our campus makes this transition.
Additional mask information
Our Campus Mask Instructions page has been updated to include frequently asked questions about the change to a mask-free campus environment.
Buff Info contacts are also available to answer questions. Buff Info connections can be reached at 303-492-INFO (4636), via live chat or email at [email protected]9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Reminder: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Reporting Requirement
To comply with CU Boulders updated COVID-19 manualwere members of the campus community required to receive a vaccine booster injection before February 24 or will be required five months after receiving the last dose of the original series, whichever is later, or submit a dispensation.
There are no predetermined medical exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccination booster requirement. However, persons who have previously received a COVID-19 vaccination may submit a medical or moral / ethical dispensation and still comply with the university’s vaccination reporting requirements. Individuals who have previously filed a waiver do not need to take any further action at this time and will be considered in accordance with applicable university vaccine reporting requirements.
Students, faculty and staff must upload proof of boosters or an exemption (if applicable) through MyCUHealth portal.