This afternoon, Governor Cooper announced that, effective immediately, maintaining social distance and wearing face coverings are no longer required in most settings. This change is based on updated guidance released by the CDC yesterday.
It is important to understand that it is strongly recommended that individuals who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a face covering. In addition, face coverings remain required while using public transportation, in childcare settings, in schools, and in camps. Face coverings are strongly recommended, regardless of vaccine status, in crowded, public indoor or outdoor settings. In addition to these changes, there are no longer state-mandated limits on indoor or outdoor gatherings.
We will be working closely with the UNC System and public health officials over the weekend to better fully understand the implications of these changes for our campus. Until then, you should continue to wear a face covering when you are inside a UNCG facility. As an educational institution with a congregate living component, we want to ensure that we are making fully informed decisions that will continue to keep our community healthy while moving even closer to our pre-COVID ways of life. Please look for more communication by the end of the day on Monday.
In the interim, please remember the following:
- The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is by getting vaccinated.
- If you develop COVID-like symptoms, do not attend campus activities or report to the workplace. Complete the self-report form and get tested, regardless of vaccination status.
- If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, complete the self-report form, and we will give you guidance about whether or not you should get tested and/or quarantine.
- Most children have not yet been vaccinated. Children ages 12-15 are eligible just as of this week to be vaccinated, and children under 12 are not yet eligible. Children can and do become infected and spread the virus, and should continue to follow CDC guidance about wearing face coverings.
- In terms of gatherings, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Large gatherings remain a source of concern. Please use good judgment.
- For additional information, forms, FAQs, testing clinics and other information, visit https://update.uncg.edu/.
We have come together as a community as we’ve worked through the many challenges associated with the pandemic. Please continue to be respectful of our shared fate, and remember that just as it took time for us to adjust to a new way of life as the pandemic unfolded, it will take time to adjust to these changes as well.