SUNY Fredonia has announced that it is lifting the mask mandate on campus starting Friday.
In an email to students Thursday morning, Stephen H. Kolison Jr. made the announcement. “Effective (today), the wearing of masks at SUNY Fredonia will be optional for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals. Please note, however, that SUNY strongly recommends masks indoors for anyone who has not submitted documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated (including those with approved exemptions) or for anyone not boosted. Individuals who are completing quarantine and isolation must also wear a mask under the New York State Department of Health’s guidelines,” he wrote.
Kolison added that masks will still be required in Student Health Center in LoGrasso Hall and the COVID-19 Testing Center in Jewett Hall.
“The updated masking policy was developed in consultation with the Chautauqua County Health Department and is in alignment with current CDC guidelines, including the downgrading of Chautauqua County’s community-level transmission to medium. Thanks to the vigilance exhibited by our entire campus, we have maintained low positive test rates and high vaccination rates for both students and employees. We will continue to monitor campus, local, and state conditions and make adjustments as needed in consultation with the Chautauqua County Health Department,” he wrote. “As we become mask optional, please be aware that many individuals may choose to continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons. They should be able to do so freely and be treated with respect. There should be no shaming, ridiculing, or harassment of individuals who choose to continue to wear masks. This is essential to our value of being an inclusive campus.”
SUNY Fredonia also has free COVID-19 Test Kit COVID-19 test kits are available (while supplieslast) for all students and employees. Proof of identification is required. The test kits can be picked up at Campus Life Office (G113 Williams Center) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.