What to know today
Transmission rates in Maine vary from county to county, and they will change, sometimes daily. Therefore, we encourage you to stay updated so you can make the most informed personal decision possible about whether to wear a mask, even if you are fully vaccinated. That information can be found on the U.S. CDC’s website: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
Thanks to the hard work and commitment of the entire UNE community, the University is moving forward into a new phase of our COVID-19 response plan. By August 16, 2021, all on-campus students and employees must be fully vaccinated to protect the safety and well-being of the UNE community. As a result, UNE will remove most COVID-19 restrictions and resume pre-pandemic campus operations at that time.
Like most people in Maine and across the country, we welcome the return to something resembling normalcy, and we believe it is safe to do so having weighed recommendations from the federal CDC, Maine CDC, and UNE’s own medical and public health experts. We will continue to use commonsense and caution, and we will remain vigilant, as the situation can change unexpectedly at any time, and we may need to make adjustments to our policies accordingly.
By August 16, 2021, all students and employees must be fully vaccinated in order to protect the safety and well-being of the UNE community. This is the deadline for all students and employees to report their proof of vaccination status.
Please review the Vaccination section of our FAQ to learn how members of the UNE community can access on-campus vaccinations, how to report your vaccination status, and how to request a religious or medical exemption, and which types of medical providers may complete the provider section of the exemption form.
Masks are not required outdoors on UNE’s campuses. Indoor masking is generally no longer required for those members of the UNE community who have been fully vaccinated and who have uploaded documentation of their vaccination status. Masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required for certain clinical, research, or other activities.
To help ensure a safe campus community, indoor masking will continue to be required until further notice for those individuals who receive an exemption to the vaccine mandate and for those visitors to campus who have not been vaccinated.
Please note that as mask requirements evolve, it is important that at UNE we value a culture that does not shame or discourage people from wearing masks to protect their health and the health of others if they choose to do so.
Social distancing is no longer required on UNE’s campuses (outdoors and indoors).
Visitors are now welcome on UNE’s campuses. If not fully vaccinated, visitors are required to wear masks in indoor spaces.
- July 29, 2021: New Update to Mask Policy (PDF)
- July 2, 2021: Vaccine Reminder and Deadlines for Employees (PDF)
- June 30, 2021: Vaccine Reminder and Deadlines (PDF)
- June 16, 2021: Announcement on New Phase of COVID-19 Response (PDF)
- June 7, 2021: Instructions for Submitting Vaccine Documentation (PDF)