Dear Taylor campus community,
First, we are so pleased to welcome you back to campus. As always, the PeRT team is committed to doing all we can to keep our community safe while also balancing a desire to maintain a robust, on-campus experience. We are grateful for a good result to date, with just a small handful of individuals in isolation or quarantine.
While we have not seen evidence of significant spread on our campus, we are concerned about an increase in positive cases in Grant County. With the easy transmissibility of the Delta variant and increase in county cases, on Monday evening, PeRT considered a variety of proactive measures that could help avoid unintentionally spreading COVID-19 among our students, employees, and guests.
As a result, beginning immediately, Taylor University will require that individuals wear masks in indoor venues where more than 250 are in attendance. Those venues are the Chapel and athletic events or other locations where 250 or more can gather. Additionally, mask wearing will be required in the following spaces, irrespective of the number of individuals in attendance: Cornwall, the Recital Hall, and Mitchell Theatre. This measure will be in place through Friday, September 17, at which time PeRT will reevaluate the situation in our local community.
As a reminder, masks are not required, but continue to be recommended–particularly among unvaccinated individuals–in other campus settings. In addition, individual faculty members may require masks be worn in some classroom settings. Our deep desire, and we know yours as well, is to return to as near to normal as we can, as quickly as possible. Thank you for your compliance with these temporary measures as we seek to serve and love well the entire Taylor community.