Masking Update on Campus
Due to the governor's recent announcement, these plans will be changing. Come back after Tuesday, March 1 for more information.
In response to decreasing COVID cases and hospitalizations, the Oregon Health Authority is planning to lift statewide mask requirements, no later than March 31st and possibly as early as March 20th.
Here at LBCC, we have made it our practice throughout the pandemic to base our policies on state and local guidelines concerning COVID requirements. Therefore, we will also make plans to sunset our indoor mandatory mask requirements when the rule is lifted throughout the state, though some of our physical distancing requirements will remain in place. Here is what you need to know:
Updated LBCC Mask Requirements:
LBCC will lift our mandatory indoor mask requirements coinciding with the state’s ending date. There is one exception: if the Governor's Office and the OHA elect to lift statewide restrictions even earlier than expected, the LBCC mask requirement will still remain in place through the official end of Winter Term (March 18) -- as we have previously committed to our students and staff.
LBCC encourages people to continue wearing masks, even after our mandatory requirement is lifted. The safest way we can ensure a learning environment free from mass illness is by continuing to take precautions. Please support those who would like to continue masking, remembering that they may have health challenges themselves or may live with immunocompromised relatives.
N95 masks are available to all students and employees at LBCC. If you would like an LBCC-provided N95 mask, please fill out this new and automated form. We are happy to provide them. In addition, disposable masks will continue to be available at most LBCC entrances.
Updated LBCC Physical Distancing Requirements:
Our indoor physical distancing requirement will remain in place at least through the end of the school year (June 10th). Any meeting that involves 3 or more people should still be held via Zoom, at least through the end of the school year. In addition, any optional indoor special event will continue to be capped at 10 people or fewer.
Outdoor event restrictions will begin lifting Spring Term. LBCC will begin to allow a limited number of larger outdoor events beginning Spring Term, however, organizers will still need to obtain prior approval through VP Sheldon Flom / the Office of Finance and Operations.
We are glad to see some light at the end of the tunnel at last, and thankful to all in our LBCC community for continuing to be vigilant throughout this challenging time.