The University of Virginia announced that it will end all Covid-related restrictions on Friday at midnight, reflecting the latest executive order from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam allowing institutions within the state to do so.
Physical distancing on campus, including in classrooms and dining halls, will no longer be required, and all limits on the size of gatherings will be lifted, according to an email sent to the university community on Thursday by President Jim Ryan and other university leaders.
"All of these changes are another sign of the progress we are making as a community and a Commonwealth to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and get back to more normal ways of life," the announcement said.
UVA will also follow the CDC's latest guidance on mask wearing. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks when around other people and vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks, except when on certain parts of campus, including the medical center, and when using the university's transit system.
In addition, visitors will no longer be restricted from visiting campus. "Consistent with University policy, all visitors should follow University face covering requirements if they are unvaccinated," according to the email.
These adjustments come a week after UVA announced it will require all students and staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19 before they return to campus next semester.