UW-Madison to rescind mask guidance for fully vaccinated people starting June 2


MADISON, Wis. — Starting Wednesday, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will no longer require fully vaccinated people to wear masks at most indoor places on campus.

The university made the announcement in a message to students and faculty. The move aligns with Public Health Madison & Dane County, which will allow the county’s health order and mask mandate to expire that same day.

Those who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing masks while inside. The message said clinical and health care settings may maintain the mask requirement regardless of whether someone is vaccinated.

Masks will not be required outside, though unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear them in places where physical distancing is not possible.

“These decisions have been made based on the evidence that vaccination provides robust protection against COVID-19,” the university wrote in a statement. “Because people who are not fully vaccinated do not have this protection, to protect themselves and others, they should continue to wear face coverings indoors (unless working alone in a closed office) and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.”

Physical distancing will also no longer be required outside for fully vaccinated people.

UW said there will be no limit on the size of outdoors events affiliated with the university on or off campus, but people who are not vaccinated should keep six feet of physical distancing.

As for indoor events, the size of the event will be “limited to the maximum allowable to ensure that at least 6 feet of physical distancing can be maintained by all those attending.”