Are masks required? See where each university in the Piedmont Triad ranks

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WGHP) — Wake Forest University is set to become the latest university in the Piedmont Triad to repeal its indoor mask mandate.

On Thursday, the university announced that the phased approach will begin on March 5.

In preparation for the change, the university will host a virtual forum for faculty and staff on March 1 at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the rationale for the decision.

Then, on March 5th, the first day of Spring Break on Reynolda campus, the university plans to make masks optional in most indoor areas of campus with few exceptions. Masks are still mandatory in classrooms, health facilities and university traffic.

After students return from spring break on March 19, masks will be optional in all locations except health facilities and university transport.

Wake Forest emphasized that anyone who wishes to wear a face mask can still do so, and faculty and staff can ask others to wear masks in their classrooms, meeting rooms and offices.

Anyone with an underlying medical condition can make a reasonable accommodation request through the normal placement procedures.

Wake Forest will not be alone in easing restrictions in Winston-Salem.

The city of Winston-Salem will waive its mask mandate on March 1, and schools in Winston-Salem Forsyth County will transition to a mask-optional policy on February 28, including masks for all spaces except transportation vehicles.

Below is the latest face mask policy made publicly available by the universities of the Piedmont Triad.

Winston Salem, NC

As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year, we continue to monitor the status of the pandemic and maintain policies and procedures to ensure our beautiful campus remains healthy. To date, students returning to campus this coming fall of 2021 will see some exciting changes, including plans to open our campus and dormitories to full capacity. Mask requirements and social distancing will continue to be enforced in accordance with CDC guidelines. We will continue to use our online self-assessment tool and provide our residents with isolation and quarantine rooms when needed.

April 15, 2021

Greensboro, NC

All employees, students and visitors to the A&T North Carolina campus are required to wear masks or face coverings in all indoor spaces where more than one person is present. KN95 masks are preferred.
Human subject protocols allowing participants to come onto campus should follow appropriate mitigation practices (masks, hand washing). Combined with social distancing and daily, consistent attention to cleanliness and disinfection, masks continue to be especially helpful in stopping COVID-19.

masks are not outdoors, even at outdoor sporting events, required but still highly recommended. The maximum capacity of meeting and gathering spaces outside is allowed.

Protecting yourself and each other is a shared responsibility. We count on you to take your contribution seriously.

Spring 2022

Elon, NC

To protect the campus community, contain the spread of the virus and its variants, and avoid disruption to academic programs and university operations, All students, staff and visitors must continue to wear masks inside the campus (Except when you are alone in a private office, in a dorm/apartment room, or eating or drinking).

In addition to the expansion of the mask requirement indoors, a number of other campus guidelines apply:

All on campusregardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask at all times and are encouraged to wear a mask when feeling ill, being in crowded spaces, when feeling the need for extra protection, etc.

All unvaccinated visitors and contractors must wear a mask inside the campus.

Masks are not required outdoors but may be advisable in large groups or crowded environments.


Climax, NC

Because there are no state or regional mask requirements currently in effect, the HPU does not require masks on campus. Individuals should make their own choices about wearing a mask.

Spring 2022

Greensboro, NC

Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, UNC Greensboro has begun requiring the wearing of face coverings in all indoor spaces and facilities, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice. In accordance with our policy during the fall and spring semester 2021 face coverings must always be worn in the house except 1) eating or drinking; or 2) in a private office space or other work space where a distance of 6 feet from others can be maintained. Internal students should follow the guidelines set out by Housing and Residence Life when staying in university student residences.

Effective Wednesday, September 1, 2021, the UNCG began Face coverings required outdoors if you cannot keep a distance of 6 feet from others, regardless of vaccination status.

Spring 2022

Winston Salem, NC

Based on the latest data on the COVID-19 Delta variant and the rise of the Omicron variant, UNCSA requires everyone to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. You can take off your mask to eat, drink or in your apartment. Employees are allowed to remove masks if they are alone in a walled office. Some classroom activities, approved by the deans, may be conducted without masks. An outer cover is not required. Masks or face coverings must comply with UNCSA face covering guidelines.

January 24, 2022

Winston Salem, NC

Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces EXCEPT individual dorm assignments. Students are encouraged to wear a face covering at all times on campus. Additional face coverings are provided to each student upon move-in and are available for free at various locations on campus.

Spring 2022

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