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University update on recent CDC and NYS masking guidance

Updated May 17, 2021

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided its updated guidance suggesting that fully vaccinated individuals may safely unmask in many settings. On May 17, New York State announced that it would align with the CDC’s guidance, effective Wednesday, May 19. CURT and University leadership are closely following these announcements and will make a determination on how the New York State/CDC guidance may affect different University operations, activities and protocols. New York State is expected to soon provide written guidance that will help guide the University’s decision-making.

Therefore, until further notice the University is still requiring masks to be worn indoors, and they should still be worn by people who are not fully vaccinated when outdoors. All individuals are required to wear masks outdoors when attending crowded settings, events, and gatherings.

The Medical Center also announced last week via the URMC This Week newsletter how this guidance relates to its clinical care settings. It’s noted that vaccinated individuals must cover their faces and physically distance when in clinical settings and long-term care facilities, and all COVID-related safety measures and processes at the Medical Center and UR Medicine remain in place until further notice.

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