UW Madison to lift most indoor mask policies for fully vaccinated people June 2

Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 3:48 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to wear masks in most indoor places on University of Wisconsin- Madison’s campus starting June 2, officials announced Thursday.

The university released updates to its COVID-19 policies, noting guidance for event capacity, face masks and outdoor physical distancing were all changing. UW Madison noted it is making these changes based on evidence that shows COVID-19 vaccines are effective in protecting people from COVID-19. These changes will also be in line with when Public Health Madison & Dane County’s health order is set to expire.

UW Madison explained those who are unvaccinated should continue to wear masks inside and the chancellor’s order on wearing masks has been rescinded. The university also added masks may still be required in health care settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks will not be required outdoors, but those who are not vaccinated against the virus are encouraged to wear them if physical distancing is not possible.

In terms of its event policies, UW Madison will lift all capacity limits on outdoor events starting June 2. Those who are not vaccinated should continue to physically distance or wear a mask if they cannot space apart.

For indoor events on campus, size will be limited to the maximum allowable number to ensure six-feet of distance between those attending. Those who are not vaccinated should also continue to wear a mask.

UW Madison officials noted people may continue to wear masks in certain settings and wearing one should not be interpreted as someone is vaccinated or not vaccinated.

UW-Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Barron County, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stout also announced Wednesday that beginning June 1, fully-vaccinated individuals would no longer need to wear face coverings or be required to physically distance from others while indoors.

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