Details about Indoor Mask Requirement — August 28 through September 12

With the arrival of first-year students yesterday, campus is full of activity. We are thrilled to welcome our new students and are looking forward to seeing our returning students and faculty over the next several days.

As President Greene noted in his message last Friday, the period of greatest risk for Covid-19 infection is following travel to campus, and therefore the College is requiring use of facial coverings inside buildings through September 12 while we closely monitor the health of our community through surveillance testing. Some clarifying details, which apply to vaccinated students, faculty, and staff (nearly 100 percent of the community), are below.

Facial coverings are required:

  • In classrooms, labs, studios, and meeting rooms
  • In lounges, the libraries, hallways, and residential common spaces
  • While picking up food in the servery areas of dining halls and the Spa
  • In the Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, including while exercising
  • In the Colby Museum and the downtown arts collaborative
  • While riding on the Jitney, Colby Shuttle, and in other vehicles with more than one person


Facial coverings are not required:

  • When alone in a private office
  • In your private residence hall room alone or with assigned roommate(s)
  • While eating or drinking
  • In tents or cabins during COOT, unless there are extenuating circumstances
  • Outside, but please make effort to maintain distance


We encourage students to limit off-campus activities; if your needs take you off campus please consider wearing a facial covering while indoors and, at minimum, you must abide by the mask guidelines of local establishments. For the health and safety of the entire community, we also encourage students living off campus to follow these guidelines and ask their guests to do the same.

Finally, we hope everyone will be conscientious about large gatherings and wear facial coverings at indoor gatherings, whether on or off campus.

We will continue to base our decisions on public health guidance and careful analysis of our own experiences. We hope that by September 12 potential transmission from travel-related risk will diminish such that we can remove this added precaution. In the meantime, please be safe —for your health and that of others, and so that we may fully enjoy each other’s company, and faces, in the months ahead.