RIT officials have announced that effective Thursday, August 5, face masks will be required indoors for everyone on campus, regardless of immunization status.

In a note posted on the university’s website, President David Munson said the administration was disappointed to have to take that step, but he noted that COVID-19 transmission rates were increasing in many parts of the country. country, including Monroe County.

Munson said the move is in line with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, New York State and Monroe County.

At RIT, the indoor mask requirement applies at all times, unless someone is alone in their own office, living space, or while eating. In addition, members of the RIT community who are not fully immunized are also required to wear masks outdoors in crowded places where distance cannot be observed.

Several other regional colleges are taking similar steps.

It was also announced this week that the University of Rochester, URMC and its affiliates, Rochester Regional Health and Monroe County employees will need to be vaccinated by September 8 or undergo regular COVID testing and stricter safety procedures including wearing masks indoors.

Officials also began requiring this week that all Monroe County employees wear masks or face coverings in public and common areas in all County operated facilities.

The county also recommends wearing masks for all residents in all indoor facilities.

The latest update comes as Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza on Wednesday said the county passed 100 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since May 23.

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