UB will not require students, faculty, staff or visitors to wear masks “in most settings” on campus “regardless of vaccination status” beginning March 5, Vice President for Student Life Brian Hamluk announced in a school-wide email Wednesday.
“With rapidly declining case numbers in Erie County and a strong vaccination rate at UB, we welcome this emerging return to normal,” Hamluk said. “As the university continues to monitor conditions in consultation with local health officials, we’ll be sure to keep you updated of any further changes to UB’s health and safety guidelines.”
The decision comes after Gov. Kathy Hochul announced in a press conference Sunday that the state-wide mask mandate in K-12 schools would end Wednesday, and revisions to SUNY COVID-19 guidelines would allow universities to consult their county health departments to individually decide when to end their mask requirements.
Following Hochul’s announcement, six Buffalo-area colleges and universities lifted their mask mandates entirely, including Buffalo State, Niagara County Community College, Hilbert College, Houghton College, Daemen and Canisius.
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