WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University announced Thursday that starting July 1, masks will no longer be required in many of its indoor spaces if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to a released statement, masks will no longer be required in non-instructional campus spaces such as research spaces, dining venues, the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, offices, lobbies and libraries.
Purdue will continue to enforce other measures such as social distancing as needed.
Full Protect Purdue masking protocols are available online.
“Through our policies and Protect Purdue Pledge, we have focused on personal responsibility to protect ourselves, others and our community,” said Eric Barker, dean of the College of Pharmacy and leader of the Protect Purdue Health Monitoring and Surveillance team. “We know our faculty, staff and students are dedicated to these goals as we work toward a return to more normal operations on the West Lafayette campus. We will continue to monitor very closely case numbers, vaccine rates, and severity for any indications of concern and will revisit this policy frequently for necessary modifications.”
Purdue has said that violations of this new mask policy by those who are unvaccinated will be considered violations of the Protect Purdue Pledge and will be subject to disciplinary action.
“A high vaccination rate is the surest way to achieve a sustained low case number and allow a full return to normal,” Barker said. “We continue to encourage everyone in our community who can safely do so to get vaccinated, and we thank everyone for continuing to help in our efforts toward the safest possible community.”
Vaccination against COVID-19 is not required on the Purdue campus but strongly encouraged.
Those choosing not to be vaccinated opt instead to participate in regular surveillance testing, beginning Aug. 23, and understand that fewer campus activities may be available to them this fall.