Syracuse University Implements Indoor Mask Policy Starting August 3rd

Monday, Aug 02, 2021 at 5:31 pm by Josh Meyers

By Louise Rath

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse University announced this afternoon that all individuals are required to wear masks inside campus buildings regardless of vaccination status. 

Effective August 3rd, a campus-wide mask mandate will go into effect until transmission rates in Onondaga County have declined significantly. 

This after Onondaga County was identified as a region of substantial COVID-19 transmission by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection. 

Upon this designation, Onondaga County announced it will encourage certain populations, like vaccinated senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals to wear masks indoors. 

In an email to SU students, faculty, staff, and families, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation J. Michael Haynie said, “We will continue to monitor pandemic conditions and modify or eliminate the indoor mask-wearing request as soon as appropriate.” 

Haynie also urged the unvaccinated to get the shot as soon as possible.