Masks No Longer Required Outdoors

Dear Methodist University Community,

“We Did It!” was a common expression around the MU campus in recent weeks (and was even featured on hundreds of t-shirts handed out during exam week and at Commencement). We made it through an entire school year, when many other colleges and universities couldn’t, with residential living and in-person classes.

Our careful, calculative approach to keeping COVID-19 under control on our campus – which included constant consultation with health officials and very direct safety protocols – allowed us to move forward together and succeed. I want you to know that as we are now in our summer season, that same care and thoughtful strategy continues.

As the data is showing vaccinations have been an extremely effective means of protection, and in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, I have made the decision to lift the “masks at all times” directive on campus.

Beginning immediately, masks are no longer required outdoors at MU. There are no changes, however, to our safety protocols for wearing masks indoors.

Please note that Methodist, our health care professionals, and the CDC, still recommend that any person who has not been vaccinated should wear their mask both indoors and outdoors. We also ask that students, faculty, and staff continue to self-monitor on the Green Screen app each day, not just for the safety of those who remain on campus during the summer, but also your family and friends at home.

As there is an abundance of messaging coming at us from many angles (locally, statewide, and nationally), continue to utilize our Forward Together COVID-19 Resource Web Site for helpful information about testing, vaccinations, campus programs, and contacts for questions.


Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D.