Lafayette Community,

We are all excited to be heading into spring break and hope the updates contained here help with your departure and return to campus. Recently, the CDC issued updated guidance regarding masking recommendations. The current community alert level for Northampton County is low alert level, and the CDC guidance is summarized as follows:

For those traveling over the break, we recommend checking the alert level for your destination and following the CDC guidance for that level.

Effective yesterday (March 7), masking is optional in more areas across campus. The list below details the only places where members of the community must mask.

Masking is required for all members of the community:

  • in classrooms and laboratories unless otherwise directed by the faculty member.
  • in Bailey Health Center, including the first- and second-floor offices (medical and Counseling Center spaces).
  • in the game room area of Kirby Sports Center on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while COVID-19 testing is taking place.
  • in the Williams Center for the Performing Arts, Weiss Theater of Buck Hall, and Studio Theater in 248 N. 3rd St. In addition, proof of vaccination is required at all performances through the spring semester.

  • on the LCATS or other College group transportation per the federal government requirements regarding common transportation carriers.
  • in administrative offices at the request of occupants.
  • inside all campus buildings by members of the community who are not vaccinated. 

We are ending the online request forms used by faculty and staff to request masks and at-home COVID-19 tests. Masks and test kits remain available and can be obtained in Feather House (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Students can pick up a test kit for spring break use at the same location and during the same hours.

We are still working on the process to remove COVID-19 signs on and inside buildings. Members of the community who are requesting individuals to mask in their office or area should use this updated COVID-19 sign. The new sign has a gray background to make it easier for members of the community to understand this is a current request for masking and not an outdated sign.

We wish all Leopards a safe and healthy spring break!

Annette Diorio
Vice President for Campus Life

COVID-19 Action Group