U of M lifts proof of vaccination, negative test policy

(WDIO) – The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday it will end the systemwide policy requiring proof of vaccination or negative test at events with over 200 people. The policy will be lifted on Thursday, February 10.

Masks will still be required at all indoor events.

In a letter to students and staff, President Joan Gabel said as the downward trend in COVID-19 transmission and new cases is the reason for lifting the policy.

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Trends in COVID-19 transmission statewide continue to show significant decreases, both in terms of current data related to case numbers, positivity rates, and available hospital beds, but also in forecasts predicting continued declines. Given those trends, the University is lifting the temporary, systemwide policy that mandated all events with over 200 attendees require individuals to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. From February 10 on, proof of negative test or vaccination status is no longer required.

Masks remain required for all indoor facilities across the system. They are an effective tool for preventing the transmission of COVID-19 as well as influenza. We continue to monitor state and federal guidance and will update you as additional decisions
are made.

We thank all members of our community for your cooperation, and to staff who shifted quickly to facilitate compliance with this approach to our largest events. It’s a wonderful example of our community pulling together to limit the impact of COVID
on our healthcare professionals and I am grateful.

Warm regards,
Joan Gabel

The temporary policy had been put into place on January 26, and was set to expire on February 9. School officials had the option to extend the policy, but based on current data they policy will be lifted.