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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?

  • Students are required to be vaccinated. Proof of vaccinated status should be uploaded to the Loyola Health App no later than August 6, 2021.

  • Staff and faculty are also strongly encouraged to be vaccinated and to upload their vaccination card.

  • Persons who are fully vaccinated:
    • No longer need to test when on campus
    • Do not need to wear facial coverings, except in special circumstances
    • Do not need to maintain social distancing

  • Persons who are not fully vaccinated:
    • must be tested twice a week, or whenever they come to campus if less than once a week.
    • Must wear a facial covering at all times when indoors, and when in outdoor congregate settings.

  • Capacity limits for classrooms, meetings, and events have been lifted.

Loyola University Chicago encourages everyone to monitor the Return to Campus webpage regularly, and to check their e-mail and social media accounts frequently for updates. We are excited to be moving into more normal operations, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus for the fall semester.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, especially with the advent of new COVID-19 variants, the public health situation may change. Loyola will continue to be guided both by official guidance and local public health conditions, and we will make adjustments to our own guidelines and policies when and where appropriate.

In this phase, Loyola anticipates:

  • Normal classroom operations
  • Normal residence hall operations
  • Large events, conferences, graduations permitted
  • Normal lab use and research
  • Normal travel protocols
  • Normal work protocols

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.