By Eli Hughes–
The University of Louisville announced on May 20 that masks will no longer be required on campus for individuals that are fully vaccinated. This announcement follows the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to revise COVID-19 masking guidelines and Governor Andy Beshear’s executive order that allows vaccinated Kentuckians to go unmasked in most situations.
“Effective immediately, fully vaccinated Cardinals are not required to mask in any setting on campus,” the email announcement said. “The university strongly encourages all Cardinals to get vaccinated.”
The university defines fully vaccinated as being at least two weeks out from the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least two weeks out from the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.
The email reminded the U of L community to remain respectful of those who choose to continue to wear masks.
“Please remember that there are multiple reasons why some Cardinals are not getting vaccinated and others will prefer to stay masked and physically distanced on campus despite being fully vaccinated,” the email said. “Cardinals should respect the privacy and space of those who are staying masked and distanced on campus.”
The email went on to announce that U of L will be lifting travel restrictions for both domestic and international travel. There will still be an appeals policy for travel to areas designated as high risk and more details about the new travel policy can be found on U of L’s study abroad page.
The email ended by saying that more information about the Fall 2021 semester will be released later in the summer.
“Remember, this continues to be an evolving situation and our plans may need to change depending on the latest guidance from the CDC and the state,” the email said. “We will continue to keep you frequently updated and we look forward to safely building back our vibrant campus community with you this summer and fall.”
Graphic by Eli Hughes//The Louisville Cardinal