As some universities relax mask rules, others abstain – NBC Connecticut


As some universities move forward with easing COVID-related rules, others await further changes, particularly around masking.

UConn announced it was relaxing mask rules starting Friday and had already changed entry requirements to a game at Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center.

Earlier this week, Quinnipiac University relaxed its masking policy.

Other schools in the state are now waiting, including the University of New Haven.

“You have these really closed environments where people study and live and socialize,” said Dr. Anthony Santella, professor of health administration and policy at the University of New Haven.

Santella believes that universities are very different from K-12 schools and that the setting makes it easier for a virus like COVID-19 to spread.

Since prevention measures have made a big difference so far, Santella said the University of New Haven is waiting to review things until after spring break, which could potentially lead to an increase in cases.

“We’ve come so far in being very diligent about compliance with these mitigation strategies, we really should continue to do so,” Santella said.

Connecticut state colleges and universities said their campus leaders and COVID coordinators are meeting with Department of Public Health staff.

While the next steps are expected to be released in the coming days, the masking rules remain in effect for now.

A spokesperson for Yale University said it had no changes to report in its policies.

According to its online guidelines, masks are mandatory for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside campus, except when the person is alone in a separate space.

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