Since March 2020, our community has demonstrated poise and calm perseverance despite numerous challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Regularly adapting to changed circumstances has been a constant for two years.
Now, in light of declining caseloads, improved treatments, and severity-reducing vaccines, more change is underway: across the country, nearly every state has ended mask mandates, and health agency guidance about universal indoor masking has seen substantial revision. Major employers have also recently dropped mask requirements.
We had previously decided to keep our current protocol in place until Spring Break. However, recent changes in community mitigation guidance and practices warrant an earlier response. Accordingly, effective Monday, March 7, Mount Aloysius College will suspend the indoor masking requirement, moving to mask optional status on campus. This does not mean anyone should throw masks away – there will be circumstances where masking still has to occur, as explained below. Moreover, the College reserves the right to reinstate masking based on future conditions.
When will Mounties continue to wear a mask? Consistent with our Mercy values, we are counting on you to mask:
Whenever you are asked (in a classroom, lab, office, or any other space) by any community member
Whenever any sign requires masking
If, for any reason, you want to
If you are personally at high risk, or are in frequent close contact with someone who is high risk
If you have COVID symptoms, feel unwell, or test positive (do not come to class or work in these circumstances), or
If you are exposed to someone with COVID
For the last two years, our community has always responded with care and concern for the wellbeing of others – not in a self-centered way – and we are counting on all Mounties to continue to respond with compassion to any request for masking.
Have your mask handy, in the event you are asked to wear it, or where any office or meeting space signage is posted. Masks will also be distributed around campus in these settings.
Throughout Covid-19, we have supported each other together, as a community. I am confident that under this new protocol, all of us will continue to demonstrate our core values in vibrant Mountie fashion.
Be Well, Live Mercy,
President, Mount Aloysius College