ITHACA, N.Y.—Cornell University announced that beginning Monday, March 14, 2022, masks will be lifted for the “majority of campus,” though high-quality masks will still be required in certain instances.

Masks are still to be worn by students and instructors during class and lab activities, though any faculty able to maintain distance while teaching may remove their masks if they wish to.

All COVID-19 testing and other healthcare facilities including Cornell Health must wear masks at all times, as do individuals utilizing buses and Cornell owned vehicles.

“The choice to continue masking, even when not required, is a personal one, and no one should be made to feel uncomfortable because of their choice,” the statement sent to the Cornell community said.

Per Tompkins County Health Department guidance, individuals entering quarantine due to symptoms or a positive test must wear a mask around others following their isolation period.

Cornell is also continuing its surveillance testing requirement for unvaccinated and unboosted members of the campus community, and the school will continue to update its guidance based over the remainder of the semester. The original statement can be accessed here.

Zoë Freer-Hessler is the digital editor/reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Joining in November 2021, she has covered a wide range of topics related to local news. She can be reached at,...