Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, and public health agencies in Evanston and Chicago, Northwestern has reinstated the requirement to wear a mask in all airports. shared time in the home, said Luke Figora, vice president of operations, in a message to the University community on August 3.

The mask requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of immunization status, except when in a private room, such as an office, apartment, or boarding room. or while actively eating.

Fully vaccinated and in-person instructors can do so without wearing a mask, as long as they maintain an appropriate distance. Masks are still optional outdoors, although certain outdoor events may require a mask based on the number of attendees and the location of the event.

Review the mask guide?

“Northwestern will review its cover-up request in late August as we learn more about the local trajectory of the pandemic,” Figora wrote.

The school will continue to provide further updates via email or through the Back to Campus Discussion Series. The next event in the series is a discussion for students and families at noon, Monday, August 16, about class registration issues and classroom experiences.

Free test available on campus

The August 3 announcement also includes a reminder that free testing is available to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in China. Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Road, in Evanston and at 345 E. Superior St. in Chicago.

Any unvaccinated member of the public is required to test at least twice weekly, but everyone is encouraged to take advantage of available testing resources. Northwestern will continue to work with public health and medical advisors to adjust testing frequency as the situation evolves.

In addition, Northwestern maintains a large number of FDA-approved Abbott BinaxNow over-the-counter rapid tests that are freely available to faculty, staff, and students. Tests are available to pick up at the Jacobs Center or 345 E. Superior St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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