Updated Mask Guidelines Based on Vaccination Rate

  • May 24, 2021

NU Library Mask Guidelines, Updated May 21, 2021

On March 13, 2021, the CDC updated their guidance on the use of masks.

  • Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Update that fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter

In accordance with federal guidelines, New York State (NYS) also provided an update on May 19, 2021. 

The mission of Niagara University Library is to provide exceptional customer service while connecting people to resources that support inquiry, knowledge creation, and knowledge sharing. In order to support our mission, we must ensure the comfort of all patrons in order to provide a safe space in which to learn. While the number of total New Yorkers who have completed their vaccination series is on the rise, we are applying the following precautionary measures until further notice.

As we begin the summer semester, our updated protocols include: 

  1. Vaccine status is self-determined on the honor system.
  2. Unvaccinated patrons must wear a mask in the building. They may remove masks when sitting alone in a study room with the door closed.
  3. For the comfort of some staff and patrons, one side of the main floor will require masks regardless of vaccine status. Vaccinated patrons may remove their masks everywhere else in the building. This establishes a sort of safe haven for computer lab use.
  4. We will ask patrons to continue to maintain social distancing (for which the building is already set up).
  5. Vaccinated Library staff can remove masks when not in the immediate presence of patrons, but for now will always wear a mask when serving patrons.