University of Pennsylvania will require students and staff to wear masks indoors, with a few exceptions – CBS Philly


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The University of Pennsylvania announced new plans to fight the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday when students and faculties return to campus for the fall semester. The university announced in a message that, with a few exceptions, students and employees must mask themselves indoors with immediate effect.

Officials say people must wear face covers, except in individual offices and common areas, where they can be kept two meters apart. The rules also do not apply to roommates in campus apartments.

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According to Penn, more than 84% of faculty and staff are currently fully vaccinated while nearly 80% of students have received their COVID-19 vaccination.

Penn says they expect their vaccination rates to climb to 90% by September.

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Those who are not vaccinated must undergo regular screening tests. The university will continue to test people doing symptomatic and gateway testing – and isolating if necessary – when they return to campus later this month.

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