Announcements and Updates 2021-2022

This Year's Student Messages

Over the coming weeks, we anticipate taking steps to gradually lift many of the COVID-19 mitigation measures that we have had in place throughout the pandemic, including surveillance testing and mandatory mask-wearing on our campuses. For the Medford/Somerville and SMFA campuses, our plans have been coordinated with and have benefitted from input from the boards of health of Somerville, Medford, and Boston.

We are taking these steps cautiously and will be able to do so only if the rate of COVID-19 cases among our campus population remains low after returning from spring break on March 28. Should levels of community transmission or the number of cases at Tufts increase or should a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern emerge, we may need to reinstitute mitigation measures appropriate to the perceived risk at the time. We will review and adjust these plans as circumstances change. As always, our decisions regarding these measures will be based on science, data, and public health guidance.

Effective Immediately

Mask Wearing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Actors, musicians, and singers are no longer required to wear masks or use PPE during performances only. Masks and PPE are required for rehearsals and practice. Audience members must wear masks.

Second Week of April

Surveillance Testing: Required surveillance testing will be replaced with voluntary surveillance testing at the same frequency (e.g., once a week) and at the same testing location. This will be supported by symptomatic testing for anyone experiencing symptoms of SARS-CoV-2. Testing for travel will also be available.

  • Feeling sick? If you don't feel well and are exhibiting symptoms, do not come to campus. Individuals with flu-like symptoms or who have been in close contact with someone who is confirmed as having COVID-19 in the previous 14 days should seek medical care and receive a negative COVID-19 test before returning to work or classes.
  • Testing out of isolation: Students will continue to require a negative antigen test to be cleared from isolation.

Mask Wearing and PPE: During this phase, Tufts will continue to require that all individuals wear masks indoors, including in classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining centers, and residences, except when alone, when eating, or in a residence hall room with one's roommate. Masks are also required on shuttle buses and all forms of public transportation.

  • Masks must be three-ply surgical grade, KN95, or N95, not cloth.
  • If there is a continued decline in COVID-19 cases on our campus, faculty in large lecture halls (>12 feet away from the front row) only may choose to lecture without a mask.

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Visitors and Events: Follow current university guidelines for masking, food, and vaccination requirements for events. 

Third Week of April

Surveillance Testing: Surveillance testing will be replaced with symptomatic testing only. Testing for travel will be available. Stay home if you are feeling sick. Students require a negative antigen test to be cleared from isolation.

Mask Wearing and PPE: Masking will be optional for everyone, including individuals with accommodation; however, we strongly encourage everyone (especially those with accommodation) to wear masks indoors. One-way masking protects the wearer—even when interacting with someone who is unmasked. This is especially true if the person wearing a mask is wearing a high-quality, medical grade respirator, such as the N95 or KN95. It is important to respect one another's personal comfort level and decisions about mask wearing. Masks will still be required on shuttle buses and all forms of public transportation.