Increased Mask Use Required on Durham Campus

September 10, 2021

Dear Members of the UNH Durham Community—

Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise on our campus—among those who are not fully vaccinated and to some degree among those who are—and while our test positivity rate is still below 1% and most positive cases have relatively minor symptoms, we are putting the following additional measures in place to keep our community safe and to keep our campus as open as possible.
Effective immediately:

  • All members of the Durham community—students, faculty and staff—are required to wear a face covering in all indoor campus spaces except when eating, in private offices or in personal residence hall rooms. The requirement applies to everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated. This includes classrooms, hallways, elevators, restrooms, break rooms, entries and exits to buildings, laboratories, meeting rooms, shared offices and work areas.
  • Air handling/ventilation will be increased in all campus buildings.
  • Additional plexiglas barriers will be added in dining halls
  • No non-UNH visitors are permitted in any residence hall.

Because positive cases are highest among Stoke Hall residents, increased restrictions and measures are being put in place until cases begin to decrease. More detailed information has been shared with Stoke residents.

We will continue to monitor the situation daily to inform ongoing decision making. We will reevaluate these new measures in a few weeks, after Homecoming Weekend. Until then, please wear a face covering indoors, continue to test as scheduled and physically distance whenever possible. We’re all in this together, and your actions will help to ensure that we provide the best on-campus experience possible for everyone.

James W. Dean Jr.