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CWU to Follow State Health Guidelines for Face Covering Policy

Dear Colleagues,

On Wednesday, Governor Jay Inslee rescinded higher education physical distancing and statewide face covering requirements he issued last October. These have been replaced by guidelines of the Washington State Department of Health, consistent also with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and of the Kittitas County Department of Public Health.

Central Washington University will adhere to the provisions of these guidelines with the following changes to operations:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings or stand six-feet apart when inside university buildings or outside on the Ellensburg campus.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated must wear face coverings on university grounds and inside university buildings, and must maintain physical distancing of six-feet.

University centers will continue to follow the direction of their host community college campuses.

The university previously announced proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required of all CWU employees and students. This decision is dependent on the vaccine receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. CWU will allow exemptions for medical or religious/philosophical reasons.

The vaccination requirement applies only to CWU students and employees who will be on the Ellensburg campus, and includes employees with telework agreements. University centers will follow the direction of their host community college campuses. All policies, of course, are subject to change and dependent on the recommendations of federal, state, and local public health officials.

I appreciate your continued help and support as together we navigate through the process of returning to more normal operations.


Jim Wohlpart