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GRCC Announces Masks and Social Distancing Are No Longer Required For Fully Vaccinated Individuals

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By Sherry Sokolowski

Grand Rapids Community College announced via email yesterday that the college will be moving into Phase 5 of its return to campus plan, with masks and social distancing no longer required for fully vaccinated people as of June 1.

This means all employees are able to return to work on campus, the outdoor gathering limitations have been lifted and indoor capacity limits are now at 50%. However, the daily health screening is still required for any student or faculty member that comes to campus.

It is noted that unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

“We are expecting some additional guidance on this issue in the weeks ahead.” said David Murray, GRCC Communications Director. “But we are communicating the updated campus face covering policy with staff and students, and will soon have signs informing people face coverings are required for people who have not been vaccinated. We anticipate students and employees will follow the policy.”

GRCC came to this determination by working closely with both state and local health authorities as well as the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control And Prevention.

“We recently surveyed faculty and staff, and 90 percent of the respondents indicated they have been vaccinated. That’s a strong indication of the support for the vaccines.” said Murray.

Protocols will be adjusted based on requirements of state and local guidelines.

If you have not yet received a vaccine, GRCC is hosting a vaccine clinic on the DeVos Campus tomorrow, Thursday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If you’re interested, you can register here.

GRCC is offering 15 parking passes to those who attend the clinic and receive a vaccination. First Lady Jill Biden will also be making an appearance at 11:45 a.m.

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