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Dartmouth lifts mask requirement when outdoors on campus

  • On a warm spring night, Dartmouth College students gather on the Green on Friday, May 21, 2021, in Hanover N.H. The college announced it is relaxing COVID-19 restriction on campus gatherings as a part of a broader effort to support students' mental health. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Jennifer Hauck

Published: 6/4/2021 11:41:55 PM
Modified: 6/4/2021 11:41:52 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is no longer requiring masks in outdoor spaces on campus, according to a community message from the college’s COVID-19 task force.

Masks are still mandatory indoors and at large gatherings such as the upcoming commencement, according to Friday’s message from task force co-chairs Dr. Lisa Adams and Josh Keniston.

Also, Hanover’s mask ordinance remains in place, so they still must be worn in off-campus locations such as the downtown area, sidewalks and streets.

“We are following the rising vaccination rates in our community, along with the town of Hanover’s pandemic regulations, and we will anticipate relaxing indoor mask-wearing as soon as those two elements make it possible,” Adams and Keniston wrote.

More than 69% of students, faculty and staff in the area who are accessing the campus have been vaccinated, the email said.

The college moved to the “less limited access” phase of its five-phase reopening plan this week. The move means the college has just one phase left until it returns to full access, which it has said it plans to do in August.

In the current phase, some coursework can be completed in person, small group gatherings are allowed, and remote work is still encouraged.

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