Georgetown Requiring Masks Again Due to COVID, Monkeypox

Mandates go into effect for the fall semester.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Georgetown University is again requiring masks for the fall semester, citing COVID-19 and the recent outbreak of monkeypox.
  • Students will be forced to wear face coverings to attend class, participate in labs, and use university-sponsored transportation and health facilities.
  • Georgetown’s Dr. Ranit Mishori made the announcement saying the mandate is part of the school’s  “layered approach” to “protecting health and safety.” 
  • The doctor also cited the ongoing monkeypox outbreak while announcing the mandate, which will apply even in cases where professors have received COVID vaccinations.
MASK ANNOUNCEMENT:
  • “On August 4, 2022, the United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The virus primarily spreads between people through close contact,” the monkeypox portion of Georgetown’s mask mandate announcement reads.
  • “According to the CDC, it can also be transmitted via respiratory secretion during prolonged, face-to-face contact,” the announcement went on to say, seeming to link the monkeypox virus with the latest mask mandate.
BACKGROUND:
  • Other universities including Rice University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and American University have all re-implemented facial coverings.
  • The nearby George Washington University in the District of Columbia never ended its mask mandates and has announced it will continue into the 2022-2023 school year.