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July 22, 2021

CORRECTION: As a correction to the email below, the mask mandate does not apply to outdoors. We are several weeks away from the start of the fall semester and will continue to follow city guidance in order to stay safe together. 

We will be masking in all indoor facilities including our offices, classrooms, athletic facilities, residential halls, and all public spaces. 

In answers to questions received, this is a temporary measure set in place by the city to maintain how well it has done and to continue to keep us safe.  We do not yet know what the guidance will be once the fall semester starts, however we will be at the ready with plans to respond no matter the direction.


Dear Loyola community,

In keeping with city guidance, Loyola will resume its masking policy, starting today. Masks will be required on campus for everyone, both indoors and out for both vaccinated and unvaccinated. We will be masking in all indoor facilities including our offices, classrooms, athletic facilities, residential halls, and all public spaces.

Why the change?

Coronavirus cases in the area are surging, due to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates citywide, and some breakthrough cases are occurring among those who are vaccinated. As a result, the mayor and city public health director issued an advisory yesterday. We are heeding the city’s public health guidance to care for our community – and others.

What’s next?

Though we have a high vaccination rate on campus, the masking policy will be in place for the foreseeable future.

While this temporary situation may feel like a setback, there are things we can do to stop the spread. First and foremost, we can get the vaccine. We can keep one another close, and be supportive, while keeping each other safe by masking and following CDC guidelines. And last but not least, we can protect our campus community as we did so well last year, by following best practices: masking, social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding large gatherings.

We have come so far as a community, let’s continue our stellar work and stay safe as we prepare for the start of the fall semester.

Alicia A. Bourque, Ph.D.
Chief Student Affairs Officer 

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