Feb. 25, 2022: Update to Our Face Covering Requirements

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Thanks to our strong COVID-19 vaccination rates, a declining number of infections on campus and changes to city ordinances and CDC guidelines, we are pleased to announce that St. Thomas will lift its face covering requirement in many spaces, effective Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

Face coverings will still be required in:

  • Classrooms and labs
  • St. Thomas shuttle
  • The Center for Well-Being

Respecting Community Health Needs: Please respect those who still need or choose to wear a face covering. If asked to wear a mask in a private office or other small, enclosed space, community members are expected to honor that request. Everyone should carry a face covering in case one is needed. KN95 masks are available at Tommie Central and the Minneapolis Campus Store.

Many members of our community live with unvaccinated family members (especially children under the age of 5, who are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines), support family members who are immunocompromised, or may have a pre-existing condition that requires them to wear a face covering even if they are vaccinated.

Report Positive Cases: Community members who test positive for COVID-19 should continue using the university’s self-report form.

Get Boosted: If you have not yet received a booster, we strongly recommend doing so to protect against variants and serious illness. The Center for Well-Being has booster appointments available now, or find appointments at other locations near you.

Please keep in mind that the situation around COVID-19 can change rapidly. We will continue to monitor the situation and cases in our area and adjust requirements accordingly.

We thank you for all your efforts to support one another and our community. Your on-going cooperation enables our campus community to continue safely navigating this pandemic.

University Action and Response Team