Based on the CDC guidance and Ohio Department of Health order from May 17 (that is effective retroactive to May 14, 2021 and remains in full force and effect until June 2, 2021 unless the Director of the Ohio Department of Health rescinds or modifies it before that time), Bluffton University will make the following changes to our community practices:
- Individuals who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus may stop wearing masks or maintaining physical distance in indoor and outdoor settings.
- Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks in indoor settings (other than private offices), maintain physical distance in indoor and outdoor settings and avoid large gatherings.
As of June 3, all of the mandates from the State of Ohio will expire (unless the Ohio Department of Heath modifies the Order before that time). This will conclude our #ProtectTheDam plan and all of campus will return to pre-pandemic protocols (masks, social distancing, temperature checking, etc. are no longer required) and visitors will be allowed on campus.
Employees and students are encouraged to obtain a vaccination as soon as possible. As we plan for the fall, we will assume all students, faculty and staff who want to be vaccinated will be. We will continue to follow local, state and federal guidance, and make adjustments if needed based on virus load and best practices.
Bluffton’s #ProtectTheDam plan worked last academic year and if the pandemic situation worsens, we will return to that plan until the virus trends return to normal.
Please be safe this summer and continue to practice health guidance.
May 19, 2021