R&R UPDATES: New outdoor mask policy, testing, vaccination clinics and more

The April 30 Ready and Resilient update has several important updates related to COVID-19

Members of the Elon Community,

We cannot thank you enough for your commitment to our community this year! You made in-person living and learning possible. Your willingness to wear masks, to test, to distance, and to navigate this pandemic together have made our community stronger. Here are some quick numbers on Spring Semester:

  • We have taken 93,000 tests on campus since January, identifying 339 positive cases
  • 73% of the campus has reported receiving at least one dose of the vaccine; this includes 77% of undergraduate students and 69% of faculty and staff.

Below please find important updates for the weeks ahead regarding the campus mask policy, walk-in vaccine clinics, test exemptions, and more.

New Mask Policy Outdoors

In line with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state of North Carolina, Elon will be altering its face covering policy. Effective immediately today, Friday, April 30, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks outdoors except in crowded settings and venues where physical distancing is not being practiced.

Elon’s indoor mask policy is unchanged. Face coverings over the nose and mouth are required at all times inside buildings unless alone in your room or workspaces. This includes classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, hallways, meeting rooms, libraries, theaters, and other indoor spaces.

Upcoming Walk-In Vaccine Clinics on Campus

Elon will offer walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations in the Koury Athletics Concourse (outside Alumni Gym) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4; Wednesday, May 5; Thursday, May 6; and Monday, May 10.

  • No appointments are necessary for this vaccination clinic. Please take advantage of this free and convenient opportunity to get your vaccination.

Test Exemption Extended

Following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) and have uploaded their vaccination record will be exempt from testing for the remainder of Spring Semester and through the end of Summer Session II (July 31, 2021).

  • Anyone experiencing symptoms must still be tested, as will close contacts with symptoms.
  • Students, faculty, and staff on campus who are not fully vaccinated must continue COVID-19 testing (weekly for undergraduates and monthly for graduate students, faculty, and staff).
  • Those who are exempt are still allowed to test (weekly for undergraduates, monthly for graduate students, staff, and faculty).

Test Site Move/Schedule and Departure Testing

On May 12, testing will move from Alumni Gym to McCoy Commons 207 in The Oaks residential neighborhood.


Through Tuesday, May 11: 8:30 a.m.-noon, 12:45-3:45 p.m., Alumni Gym

Wednesday, May 12 – Tuesday, May 18: 8:30 a.m.-noon, 12:45-3:45 p.m. (no appointment needed), McCoy Commons 207 (The Oaks residential neighborhood)

Wednesday, May 19 & Thursday, May 20: 12:45-3:45 p.m. (no appointment needed), McCoy Commons 207

Friday May 21: Commencement—no testing

May 24-July 30: Mondays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays noon-4 p.m. (no appointment needed), McCoy Commons  207
Seniors are encouraged to get tested before friends and family arrive for Commencement on Wednesday, May 19 & Thursday, May 20 (see above).

Contact the Ready & Resilient hotline at 336.278.2020 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) with questions.

Thank you for your dedication to keeping the Elon community safe this year. We wish you a healthy and successful conclusion to the semester!


Jeff Stein, Ready and Resilient Committee Chair

  • Dan Anderson, Vice President of University Communications
  • Ginette Archinal, Medical Director of Student Health and University Physician
  • MarQuita Barker, Director of Residence Life
  • John Barnhill, Associate Vice President for University Advancement
  • Tom Flood, Assistant Vice President of Physical Plant
  • Jason Husser, Associate Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies, and Director of the Elon Poll (Academic Council Representative)
  • Deandra Little, Assistant Provost, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Professor of English
  • Paul Miller, Assistant Provost for Academic Operations and Communications and Professor of Exercise Science
  • Kelly Reimer, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies (Staff Council Representative)
  • Carrie Ryan, Director of Auxiliary Services
  • Kelli Shuman, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Gabie Smith, Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology
  • Mary Southern, Project Manager for Provost and Academic Affairs Operations (Project Manager)
  • Mike Ward, Deputy Director of Athletics
  • Randy Williams, Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Assistant Professor of Education