This weekly update will continue through the month, as campus officials monitor and discuss Boulder County COVID-19 metrics in collaboration with Boulder County Public Health. Information will also continue to be shared on the campus COVID-19 information page. A change in county policy does not necessarily mean a change to campus policy.
CU Boulder mask requirement continues
As announced on Feb. 14, the Boulder County indoor masking requirement will expire on Feb. 18. However, masks will continue to be required in all CU Boulder public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. The CU Boulder Public Health Office provided an update to students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, Feb. 15, to outline our approach going forward. CU Boulder’s mask requirement page includes guidance on compliance and what to do if a student, employee or campus visitor is not wearing a mask.
Why the mask requirement is continuing
Our campus is maintaining our mask requirement for the time being to ensure we safeguard the in-person experience by not letting our guard down too soon. Current CDC guidance for higher education is to prioritize actions that preserve in-person learning. This includes maintaining high vaccine uptake on campus as well as indoor masking for everyone in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission. While Boulder County case metrics have dropped significantly in the past couple of weeks, the county remains in a state of high transmission.
When the campus mask requirement might change
We will consider going mask-optional on our campus if we see continued significant progress in two main metrics: fulfillment of the university’s COVID-19 vaccine booster reporting requirement as the Feb. 24 deadline passes and continued reduction of community transmission in Boulder County.