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Back to Pratt: Update on Indoor Mask Requirement (October 3, 2022)

From: Pratt Institute
Date: Monday, October 3, 2022
Subject: Update on Indoor Mask Requirement

Dear Pratt Community,

As promised, the senior administration has reviewed the Institute’s indoor mask requirement in light of current COVID-19 conditions in the New York City area and within our community. 

Currently, the city and state have lifted indoor mask requirements in almost all public and private venues, however new cases in the city are still a concern. 

With this in mind and considering the needs of our community, Pratt has decided to adjust the current requirement. Masks will continue to be required in classrooms, studios, labs, shops, libraries, and any space while instruction is being provided but will be optional in other indoor spaces. Masks will continue to be required at all times in the Pratt Health Center. We continue to strongly encourage the use of masks whenever possible on campus. This change will go into effect on Monday, October 3. 

Masking continues to be required indoors in all locations for those who have recently been infected with COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact. Students, faculty, and staff can continue to follow guidance in the actions and impact guide for details. 

As always, the Institute supports those who choose to continue to mask in all locations. We trust that students, faculty, and staff will continue to uphold our shared responsibility to ensure the health and safety of the entire Pratt community and to treat each other’s choices with respect. Community members should continue to stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine and booster, receive a yearly flu shot, wash hands regularly, and stay home if you are sick.

Masks are available for pick up at dispensers across campus and at all Public Safety locations. Clearview masks are available in Human Resources, the Learning/Access Center, and the Public Safety Office. 

Keep in mind that the nature of the pandemic has required us to pivot regularly, and this decision may need to be adjusted should conditions change.

We thank you for your cooperation and responsibility to one another throughout the pandemic, especially with this adjustment. Please continue to follow Pratt’s pandemic guidance, check your emails and the Back to Pratt website for updates, and read the weekly Back to Pratt newsletter.

Sincerely,

Donna Heiland, Provost
Cathleen Kenny, ​Vice President for Finance and Administration
Delmy M. Lendof, Vice President for Student Affairs