College relaxes COVID-19 restrictions, lifts outdoor mask mandate

Tuesday, Sept. 21, Chief Operating Officer Amy Sebring announced via email that the College of William and Mary will relax some of their COVID-19 safety protocols. The College will now make wearing masks outdoors optional, as well as resume indoor dining operations on Thursday, Sept. 22.

“This week, W&M has cause for cautious optimism regarding the number of active COVID-19 cases,” Sebring wrote in the email. “Over the last week, we have seen a sharp decrease in active student cases, while active employee cases continue to be in the single digits. Once again, our community has come together successfully to focus not only on our individual health, but the health of the community. I sincerely thank you for your efforts in doing so.”

This announcement comes exactly two weeks after Sebring’s original email on Sept. 7, which implemented stricter COVID-19 guidelines following a sharp spike in cases. At the time of the original email, there were over 200 active positive cases among the student body. Now, the College’s COVID-19 dashboard indicates there are only 25 active positive cases.


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