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November 12, 2021

Dear Loyola,

We have decided to go ahead and keep the masking requirement in place through the last few weeks of the semester. We make this decision (along with all but one of our peer institutions in town) out of an abundance of caution, both because many of you will travel for Thanksgiving and because we are very close to the end of a successful semester.

Come January, if the city’s remarkable progress continues without mandated masks, we will happily drop Loyola’s mask requirement. For some of us, this will be a real adjustment. But, despite our understandable anxiety, we need to respond to data in both directions – when the situation gets bad and also when it gets better. And masks will always remain an option for those seeking extra protection.

For now, we keep them on, while making masks voluntary for certain key functions, like teaching. Our public health team is happy to consider official requests to adjust public health protocols for important reasons.  

Thank you for your patience and your help. We can be very proud of what we have achieved together. 

Tania Tetlow
President

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