Dear Campus Community,
I am writing to you today to inform you that, after consulting with our on- and off-campus health and safety experts and San Luis Obispo County Public Health, Cal Poly will reinstate its indoor mask mandate for all campus facilities, effective tomorrow — Monday, May 31.
As you may be aware, our university — like our local community and many places across the state and nation — is continuing to see a slow but steady increase in numbers of COVID-19 cases.
While the latest numbers are not on the order of what we saw during the worst of the winter Omicron surge, they are still concerning from a health and safety standpoint. When we informed the campus community in February that we were lifting the campus’s indoor mask mandate, we indicated that we would monitor health and safety conditions and would reinstate the mandate should those conditions require it. Unfortunately, that time has come.
This change applies to all students, employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, and will be effective beginning tomorrow through Sunday, June 12, at a minimum. (More information on masking and other campus operations relating to summer quarter will be shared with you all in the coming days in a subsequent email message. Please watch your inbox for those additional details.)
Our experts continue to recommend surgical masks, KN95s, and N95s as the standard for our community. Cal Poly continues to make N95s and surgical masks available to all students and employees at the University Union, Kennedy Library, and Recreation Center. In addition, surgical masks will be available to students and employees at the entrances to large campus facilities.
In addition to our extremely high vaccination and booster rates among students and employees, and our continued regular testing of those campus community members who are not vaccinated, we hope that requiring masks indoors will help us decrease the number of cases within our campus community, especially during finals and commencement.
In addition to masking indoors, we will continue to require that all students fill out their daily symptom screener to obtain a pass to access campus, and we strongly encourage all faculty and staff to ask students to present these passes in university facilities.
Thank you all for your flexibility and continued vigilance as we respond to the ever-evolving circumstances of this pandemic. Stay well, and good luck to everyone as we approach the end of the quarter.
Anthony J Knight, MEP
Executive Director, Public Safety