Students, staff and visitors required to mask up at University at Buffalo regardless of vaccination status

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–The University at Buffalo is requiring all students, staff and visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, to mask up while inside campus buildings.

News 4 caught up with a few students on UB’s North Campus, who say they expected the indoor mask mandate to return.

“I think the CDC rushed to this decision of revoking the mask mandate so it’s not surprising that we’re back here again especially with all the variants,” said UB student Lillian Frey. “Overall I think it’s the best decision keeping people safe. It’s not that big of a deal to wear your mask.”

“I think it’s very necessary considering right now the situation with the Delta Variant,” student Jarvis Hsu said.

The school released updated guidance on its website Monday saying the new policy is “in accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Erie County Department of Health.”

Masks will not be required inside personal rooms at residence halls, while eating in on-campus dining areas, within personal offices, or in non-public-facing personal workstations.

Vaccinated UB students and employees will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors on campuses, but unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face coverings in all outdoor settings.

The university is resuming in-person classes for the fall semester and stated it “strongly urges all students and employees to get vaccinated. Pending FDA approval, vaccination will be required for all students participating in in-person classes and activities, and for all students residing in university housing. UB will continue to require regular testing of non-vaccinated students and employees.”

Then at Daemen College, the institution is not requiring vaccinations unless a student lives in college housing. Face masks are not required for people who are vaccinated, however they do require anyone who is not vaccinated to wear a mask.

“It’s still early to make decisions. A lot can change between now and September the 4th,” said Dr. Greg Nayor, who’s the VP of strategic initiative at Daemen College. “Making a decision now that we have to change in 2 weeks doesn’t really sound like a good idea to us. So we’re gonna wait a little bit and then let people know further.”

At D’Youville College in Buffalo, students are required to get vaccinated and as of right now there is no mask mandate.

“It’s really exciting to welcome a new group of students back and we’re trying to get them the best college experience that we can, given the Delta Variant that we don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Danielle Nesselbush, who’s the executive director for student affairs. “For now we are moving forward with our planning and taking in consideration all things that could happen but we are ready and willing to welcome all of our students back.”

Kelly Khatib is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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