COVID-19 Updates: Fall 2021
Read the latest messages regarding Tulane’s return to campus plans after Hurricane Ida, including important information around COVID-19 testing.
City of New Orleans: Modified Phase Three
The City of New Orleans has issued new COVID-19 guidelines, effective August 16, 2021. Tulane University will adhere to all the restrictions of this phase, which can be found here.
Mask Requirement on Tulane University Property
With the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission occurring in indoor settings, masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public and common spaces on any Tulane property including classrooms, laboratories, shuttles and other meeting spaces. The Reily Student Recreation Center also requires masking in all of its spaces, including basketball courts, the weight room and walking track.
While there are a variety of acceptable masks, Tulane strongly recommends the use of a KN95 mask.
Whether fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, you are required to wear a mask in indoor public places. In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. However, certain large outdoor events may have specific policies that require mask wearing.
Masks are not required in the following situations:
- Indoors in a private space: Masks are not required in private residents (e.g., dorm room) or when alone in a private office or space. Vaccinated persons may remove face coverings or masks when alone in a cubicle. For this purpose, a cubicle is defined as a space with three walls at least five feet in height. Certain areas on campus may have more restrictive policies, please follow any directives from managers or supervisors.
- Indoors – Meals, Eating and Drinking: While unmasked for meals, eating, and drinking, you should minimize your time unmasked. If you are eating or drinking in a group, minimize the group size. When possible, outdoor eating is strongly preferred. After eating meals or drinking, re-mask immediately.
Individuals who have a medical condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. We encourage anyone in these situations to continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.