Provost Michael Kotlikoff, Vice President for Student and University Life Ryan Lombardi and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Opperman sent the following message on May 3:
As the number of fully vaccinated individuals on the Ithaca campus increases, the university will continue to assess its COVID-19 health and safety advice and restrictions. We recently took an important milestone – over 50% of the campus population has been vaccinated. While we are still a long way from achieving collective immunity on campus, we believe we can safely ease the following restrictions in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, which New York State has also adopted:
- Fully immunized people who have presented proof of vaccination are no longer required to wear a mask during outdoor meetings in a small group setting (10 people or less). Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff should continue to wear masks outdoors when physical distancing is not possible, and all community members should continue to wear masks indoors.
- Student organizations and group activities can now meet in groups of up to 30 people. This includes intramural activities, club sports, fitness classes, and activities of registered student organizations. Because group activities can include both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, all participants are required to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status. Registration, including attendance, is required for contact tracing purposes.
- Attendance at university-sponsored events will increase to 100 indoors and 200 outdoors, depending on location and activity, and in accordance with New York State guidelines. Like Wellness Days, the university provides additional opportunities for students to spend some well-earned time with friends at the end of the semester. Find additional information about student and campus life on Virtual Piste Day and Senior Days. Registration and masks will be required. These guidelines do not apply to launch ceremonies, which will follow a separate set of guidelines.
As a reminder, Cornell is hosting an on-campus vaccination clinic for faculty, staff and students this Thursday, May 6. All are eligible at this time to register for the vaccination.
Thank you for your attention to these reviews and for doing your part to keep our campus and local communities safe.