Face Coverings Temporarily Required in University Buildings

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Chancellor Daniel Malloy. He’s a Former Prosecutor, lawyer, Mayor and Two-Term Governor of Connecticut. In 2016, he Was Honored as the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

The University of Maine System will be requiring face coverings indoors at all University buildings for all students, faculty, staff and visitors through September 30th.  Prior to today’s update, face coverings had been optional for vaccinated individuals.  Face coverings will remain optional outside, but will be strongly encouraged at large group gatherings or in crowded circumstance where physical distance is difficult to maintain.

The University of Maine System is requiring vaccinations for students as part of its fall plans and is in discussions with labor partners about extending the requirement to all employees.  The indoor face covering requirement is another science-based protocol that can help limit the spread of infection and keep the University community together more safely through the COVID surge related to the Delta variant.

Chancellor Daniel Malloy shared the news in a message to the University community today.

This policy is effective today, Wednesday, August 18 and will be specifically reviewed by September 30th.  The temporary requirement may be ended or extended depending on the trajectory of the pandemic, civil guidance and public health concerns.