Welcome-back reminders: Masking continues to be required in classrooms, labs

We hope you are all enjoying spring break. It’s a beautiful day in Kingston with temperatures expected to reach the high 60s. We can’t wait to see you back on our beautiful campuses as the weather warms, flowers start to bloom and we can enjoy being outside.

Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the University continues to encourage testing after spring break, particularly if:

  1. You are ill and want to ensure that you will not transmit the virus when you return to campus.
  2. You have been in tight spaces among large groups of people who were not wearing masks.
  3. You have been exposed to someone who is sick with the virus or who has tested positive.

URI will resume COVID-19 asymptomatic testing at the Memorial Union Monday, March 21 at 8:30 a.m. Testing will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to a.m. to 4 p.m. Symptomatic testing at URI Health Services also resumes with service Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please click here for updated testing information at URI.

The University no longer requires community members to wear masks indoors, except in those spaces where direct academic instruction and research are taking place. Masks are also required at URI Health Services and while riding campus shuttles. This policy will remain in effect until further notice while we assess transmission rates on our campus when we come back together.  

We continue to encourage people to be respectful of others and to understand we have individuals in our community who are immunocompromised, at high risk for severe disease, have children or others in their home who cannot be vaccinated or are uncomfortable with the change in mask requirements. Please be respectful of personal choice and also stay home from work or class if you are sick.  

We look forward to seeing everyone back next week refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the semester.