Brown University again requiring indoor mask wearing, increased testing

BROWN UNIVERSITY is reinstituting an indoor mask requirement and increased testing on campus in advance of the 2021 fall semester. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY
BROWN UNIVERSITY is reinstituting an indoor mask requirement and increased testing on campus in advance of the 2021 fall semester. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

PROVIDENCE – Masks and other increased measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 are returning to the Brown University campus.

The Ivy League university announced late Tuesday that masks are now required to be worn indoors by everyone on campus in advance of the 2021 fall semester, vaccinated or otherwise. The decision is in response to the general concern over the delta COVID-19 variant and the recent high virus transmission in Rhode Island.

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Initially, Brown did not require masks for those who are fully vaccinated, whether it was indoors or outside.

Only in private, nonshared space – an office or dorm – or while eating are when masks can now be off inside, Brown said.

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Brown is also increasing its testing frequency on campus. Vaccinated individuals are required to be tested once a week, while unvaccinated individuals are to be tested twice per week, or every four days.

Employees working remotely are still required to return to the Brown campus, but their return will be in phases, the university said. Brown’s original plan was to bring all employees working remote back to campus by Aug. 16. Now, Brown will bring its remote employees back to campus in four stages from Aug. 16 through Sept. 13, with faculty and staff being back in person by Sept. 8 – the first day of classes.

“We are confident that with the steps outlined above, and our personal commitment to practicing healthy behaviors to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we can work together to overcome the delta variant, as we have so many other challenges over the past year and a half,” Brown President Christina H. Paxson and Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy Russell C. Carey wrote to the campus community.

Brown also said campus operations, even with the increased health measures, are still scheduled to be normal when fall classes resume. The campus vaccine rate exceeds 90% and the university has had zero positive tests on campus over the last month.

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.

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