ONEONTA, N.Y. – The State University of New York is relaxing mask policies to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Earlier this week, CDC officials said fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks outdoors unless they’re in crowded settings or venues.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras says the new rules will apply to students and staff on all of the campuses.
"Yeah, we're gonna adopt the CDC guidance on mask-wearing, especially outdoors for people who are fully vaccinated, two weeks after being vaccinated, which we think is an important thing for our students and our faculty and our staff. It's another step in turning the page on COVID," said Malatras.
Some private colleges have already updated policies to require students to get vaccinated before arriving to campus in the fall. SUNY is considering following suit, but Malatras says if enough members of the college community get vaccinated, a mandate won’t be necessary.