We continue to be guided by our commitment to providing the safest possible environment for our community, making it possible for our students to benefit from a rich set of experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We are grateful to everyone who has done their part to keep our community safe and protect our precious opportunity to be together on campus, and we appreciate your ongoing commitment to our collective well-being.
As the College recently assessed the current public health trends on our campus, on other campuses, and locally and nationally, we considered a number of options. If we were to relax the indoor masking requirement, we would need to accommodate for that by increasing restrictions on travel, on visitors to campus, and various forms of gathering. Extending the indoor masking requirement will allow us to maintain greater flexibility while still protecting the health of our community.
Therefore, we are writing to let you know:
- The College’s indoor mask requirement and visitor policies will be in place until further notice.
- We strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to mask when you are out in the community or traveling.
- Twice-weekly testing will continue for the remainder of the semester, as it is clearly a fundamental tool for monitoring the health of our community. It is very important that you test on your assigned dates; these dates are determined based on the incubation period of the virus, and testing on time allows the College to detect it early—ideally early enough to prevent community transmission. Delays of even one day can result in other community members being infected.
We have a lot to look forward to as the semester unfolds. We know many of you will have family members visiting for Homecoming and at other times this fall, and we want you to be able to enjoy Maine’s beautiful outdoors together. Because we want to protect our ability to have families here, Homecoming weekend will be informal this year, with only a few organized events, all held outside. We are asking everyone to visit with guests outdoors during this time; buildings will continue to be accessible by Colby card only with the exception of the Colby College Museum of Art, Lunder House, the downtown arts collaborative, and the Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, which are open to visitors with masks required.
We hope you will continue to hold the importance of a safe, in-person semester in mind as you plan your activities in the coming weeks and months.