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Effective today, HGTC will remove the face covering requirement in classrooms, buildings, and all other indoor/outdoor spaces on our campuses, except for high traffic areas where close contact is unavoidable. The areas that will continue to follow preventive measures, such as wearing face coverings include the International Culinary Institute, Cosmetology, Healthcare programs, and Student Affairs departments, including TECH Central. Social distancing will continue in classrooms and high traffic areas as needed through the Summer semester. For the Fall semester, we intend to be as close to normal business operations as possible. This decision is based upon updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The recent Executive Order from Governor McMaster is a huge step forward in our return towards normal operations.
We will continue to rely on the guidance from the CDC and local public health officials to make decisions. The new CDC guidelines have given us the option to lift certain protocols. Please note the importance of practicing healthy behaviors, social distancing, hygiene, and getting vaccinated. The College will still require masks for large gatherings or special events. Individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine are still encouraged to wear face coverings in accordance with the CDC guidance.
We ask all members of our community to support anyone who chooses to wear a mask, noting there could be many reasons one might do so. We recommend that students and employees keep a mask with them in case it is needed for close contact situations. Please use personal discretion in taking appropriate precautions for protection from COVID-19 based on risk for severe illness, vaccination status, and general level of comfort. Daily self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 is mandatory as COVID-19 quarantine/isolation protocols will continue.
Rest assured, your College remains committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment and seeks additional ways to optimize sanitation. As circumstances continue to evolve, we will monitor the situation and communicate with the College regarding potential changes for the future.