Pitt requiring masks indoors ahead of move-in weekend

The University of Pittsburgh posted its health and safety protocols, saying masking rules on Pitt campuses will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention community levels ahead of move-in weekend.

Grad students got the email Friday morning. The email says that when the COVID infection level is high in the county, masking is required indoors in ALL campus spaces. As of Friday, the level is high in Allegheny County.

“I think it’s a good strategy to protect people. People are aware of how bad it is, the pandemic is,” said Pitt grad student Rui Zhang.

In addition, students living in residence halls still have to get tested for COVID when they arrive on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

Pitt said it’s to minimize the potential influx of the virus at the start of the term.

“I think it’s good because it’s for our safety and our health. I actually wear a mask every day since the pandemic,” said Pitt student Ailen Adilet.

The CDC no longer recommends quarantining if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

Students are required to wear a mask for 10 days around others indoors and to get tested five days after exposure, or sooner if symptoms develop.

Move-in weekend for Pitt students begins Saturday.