Masks are no longer needed at the University of Michigan outdoors unless you are in a large gathering

ANN ARBOR, MI – People no longer have to wear face masks on the University of Michigan campus.

The change goes into effect immediately on Friday, May 7th, after UM issued a face mask requirement in July 2020, requiring all students, faculties, staff and visitors anywhere on the UM property due to the COVID-19 pandemic Must wear face covering.

Those on campus will continue to be required to use masks indoors, in UM transportation while participating in organized contact sports and participating in outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more, officials said.

“We are in compliance with the current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordinance on gatherings and face masks, as well as current evidence-based studies, to change our requirements for outdoor face coverings,” said Preeti Malani, chief health officer and professor of UM Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Michigan Medicine.

Michigan relaxed its COVID-19 outdoor masking rules to encourage outdoor activities. According to the order, masks are “generally” no longer required, and anyone who is fully vaccinated and does not have COVID-19 symptoms is not required to wear a mask at gatherings in residential areas, including indoors.

Michigan is relaxing the rules for masks and outdoor gatherings

Due to the low transmission rates in the university community, UM has introduced a 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated people after close exposure to COVID-19. Fully vaccinated people who remain symptom-free do not need to be quarantined after close exposure to COVID-19.

UM continues to strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Students living in university apartments must provide proof of vaccination or an approved waiver by July 15 to move into their assigned rooms.

Upon receipt of the final dose of vaccine, students will be asked to submit their vaccination information via Wolverine Access to the university to verify that they are fully vaccinated. This frees them from mandatory testing and potential quarantine requirements.

COVID-19 vaccination required for University of Michigan students living on campus in the fall

Michigan Medicine is offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at Michigan Stadium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, May 9. The Pfizer vaccine is given and requires people to have their second dose 21 days later.


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