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Loyola University Chicago Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update
Resources, Policies, and Procedures for the Loyola Community
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Official Guidance

Loyola University Chicago will continue to follow CDC, State of Illinois, and Chicago city guidelines in taking a phased approach to reopening campus and allowing on-campus activities to resume. Loyola also will modify its plans within each phase to accommodate any additional official city or state restrictions. See below for details on how campus operations will be affected in each phase of the Restore Illinois and Reopen Chicago plans.

Currently, both the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are in Phase V of their reopening plans. Most mandatory COVID-19 regulations have been lifted, including capacity limits, social distancing requirements, and mask mandates for fully vaccinated people. Individual business enterprises, including colleges and universities, may maintain some restrictions, however.

The Phase V guidelines for the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are virtually the same. In both cases, guidance does vary according to one’s vaccination status.

Reopening Chicago: Phase V

Phase V: Illinois Restored

Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Dept of Education have released updated guidance for colleges and universities:

This federal guidance also recommends different requirements for individuals who are fully vaccinated and those who are not, especially in the areas of mask-wearing, distancing, and testing.

Phase V: Fully Re-Open

All sectors of the economy can open, resuming normal operations, following new safety guidance and procedures.

Universities are permitted to operate without capacity limits. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be tested or wear masks. Restrictions remain in place for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

What Does This Phase Look Like?

Universities may operate at normal capacity, but with different requirements for students, staff and faculty, depending upon their vaccination status.

What is the Official Guidance for Higher Education from the State of Illinois and City of Chicago?

  • There is no industry-specific guidance for Chicago and Illinois colleges and universities; however, institutions should follow the general guidance for all businesses and venues.

  • For institutions where everyone present is fully vaccinated, there are no requirements for face coverings and social distancing, in both indoor and outdoor settings. Individual institutions may, however, continue to require face coverings and distancing as they deem appropriate.

  • Where everyone is not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated persons should wear a face covering and maintain six feet social distance. The CDC also strongly recommends that unvaccinated persons continue to be tested on a regular basis.

  • All unvaccinated persons should wear face coverings in crowded settings, both indoors and outdoors.

  • In accordance with CDC guidance, all persons, regardless of their vaccination status, should continue to wear facial coverings:
    • In health care settings
    • On public transportation
    • Where required by federal, state, and local law
    • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms should continue to stay home.
    • People who are immunocompromised are encouraged to wear facial coverings and maintain six feet social distance.
    • Everyone is very strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

How will Loyola operate in this phase?

Loyola's latest policies for mitigation of COVID-19 and on-campus procedures are posted in the Campus Operations Information grid on the Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update site. Updates or changes to Loyola policies will be reflected in this grid based on the latest available information and city/state and CDC guidance. 

Loyola University Chicago will continue to follow CDC, State of Illinois, and Chicago city guidelines in taking a phased approach to reopening campus and allowing on-campus activities to resume. Loyola also will modify its plans within each phase to accommodate any additional official city or state restrictions. See below for details on how campus operations will be affected in each phase of the Restore Illinois and Reopen Chicago plans.

Currently, both the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are in Phase V of their reopening plans. Most mandatory COVID-19 regulations have been lifted, including capacity limits, social distancing requirements, and mask mandates for fully vaccinated people. Individual business enterprises, including colleges and universities, may maintain some restrictions, however.

The Phase V guidelines for the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are virtually the same. In both cases, guidance does vary according to one’s vaccination status.

Reopening Chicago: Phase V

Phase V: Illinois Restored

Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Dept of Education have released updated guidance for colleges and universities:

This federal guidance also recommends different requirements for individuals who are fully vaccinated and those who are not, especially in the areas of mask-wearing, distancing, and testing.

Phase V: Fully Re-Open

All sectors of the economy can open, resuming normal operations, following new safety guidance and procedures.

Universities are permitted to operate without capacity limits. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be tested or wear masks. Restrictions remain in place for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.