Important COVID–19 Update—April 27, 2022

To the Bowdoin community,

The large number of COVID-19 cases among students has come down significantly and the vast majority of those who tested positive have had mild symptoms, with no one seriously ill. All good news, and as a result, we are adjusting our masking and testing requirements.

Masking

Effective today (Wednesday, April 27), the use of masks on campus will be optional in most campus locations for students, faculty, staff, and members of the public who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.*

  • This applies to nearly all campus locations, including the library, dining halls, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, and at indoor events that are open to the public.
  • Those experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms or considered to be close contacts of someone infected with COVID-19 should continue to mask in accordance with guidelines from the Maine CDC.
  • Masks will continue to be required in classrooms. Classrooms are essentially the only spaces on campus where attendance is mandatory, and with just two weeks of classes left, we want to give students the best chance of completing the semester (classes and exams) fully in person.
  • Masks will also continue to be required in the Farley Field House testing center, the health center in Buck, and at the children’s center on South Street.
  • Please remember that Bowdoin remains a “mask-friendly” campus—if you would prefer to wear a mask in any circumstance at all, we fully support you in doing so. A well-fitted KN95 mask will provide excellent protection against infection even if others around you are not masked.
  • Students may now register private social events through the Office of Residential Life with a cap of seventy-five (75) people.

Testing

While we will continue to use testing as a means of monitoring our community, we are moving testing for students to once per week (either on Mondays or Thursdays) and continuing the availability of antigen testing for those who are symptomatic. Faculty and staff should continue to test once a week (either on Mondays or Thursdays).

Graduating seniors planning to participate in Commencement on May 28 will receive a separate message in the coming days outlining our testing plans for Senior Week and Commencement.

Best,

Mike Ranen

* The College considers an individual to be fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) and after they have received a COVID-19 booster shot once eligible.