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Back to Pratt: Why did Pratt change its masking requirements?


Pratt’s senior administration reviewed the Institute’s indoor mask requirement in the context 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. While new cases in the city are still a concern, effective vaccines, widely available medication, and higher population-level immunity have significantly reduced the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Although there is no longer a universal mask mandate on Pratt’s campuses, many will make an individual choice to continue to wear masks. Pratt is a community of respect and care where masks are always welcomed and those who choose to wear masks should feel comfortable and supported in their decision.  

Pratt remains dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy campus and is closely following conditions to make future updates in accordance with this commitment. Community members should continue to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine and booster, receive a yearly flu shot, wash their hands regularly, and stay home if they are sick.