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Yes. Effective August 2, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are required to wear masks when indoors in public spaces. The emergence of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, and evidence that vaccinated people infected with this variant can spread the virus to others, has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its mask guidance.  We have updated our masking policy in response to this change from the CDC. 

  • Masks are required in all indoor public and common spaces regardless of vaccination status. This includes classrooms, shared offices, laboratories, meeting spaces and fitness areas. 
  • Masks will continue to be required on shared transportation such as buses.
  • Masks may be removed briefly while eating and drinking and when people are alone in any space. 
  • Masks may also be removed while dining in designated dining areas (including dining halls and other food service areas such as the Grind).
  • Roommates and suitemates are not required to wear masks in their private rooms but all students living in the residence halls should wear a mask in hallways and other common areas. More specific guidance will be provided for residential students. 
  • Masks are not required outdoors, but everyone should keep a mask readily available. 
  • Face coverings should be worn over your mouth and nose. 

We are hopeful that this change in the masking requirement will be temporary. We will continue to monitor data and guidance from the CDC and other public health sources, especially as it relates to data on new variants. We will also continue to monitor local transmission rates in Northampton County, as the CDC has advised, and on campus and in South Bethlehem. In addition, we continue to strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Even with this new information, the data continue to show that full vaccination is our best course of defense against serious illness from COVID and the threat of new variants. 

Yes. General visitors and contractors should continue completing a symptom screening using the website or through the Hawkwatch app. Admissions visitors should follow the most current directions provided by the Admissions Office.

During the semester, the Lehigh COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily during the week with the most current case information.

Masks are required in all indoor public and common spaces regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors.