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Weekly COVID Newsletter Special Edition

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Weekly Covid Newsletter

Summer Mask Policy Updated

The University has updated its mask policy for the summer period. Specifically:

Students and employees who are vaccinated must wear a mask indoors whenever it is not possible to keep 6 feet of distance from people who may not be vaccinated. Masks may be removed in group settings where there is less than 6 feet of distance as long as everyone in the group is fully vaccinated.

Students and employees who are not vaccinated must wear a mask indoors and may only remove it when alone in a private room or when seated at a workstation with at least 6 feet of distance from other people.

Visitors and contractors must wear a mask at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks are required during the summer, regardless of vaccination status, in certain places. These are:

  • Classrooms
  • Campus health care facilities (University Health Center, Occupational Health Department, Webster Hall COVID testing site)
  • Ben Samuels Children’s Center
  • All University buses
  • Elevators
  • Restrooms
  • Crowded indoor spaces where it is not easy to keep 6 feet apart, such as busy hallways, lobbies or common areas.

Masks are not required outdoors on campus.

Regardless of vaccination status, students and employees always have the choice to wear a mask at any time.

This updated policy takes effect on July 20 and may be revised as circumstances change or new information becomes available.

Get Vaccinated On Campus in August

Essex County is sending its mobile vaccine clinic to campus in August. All employees and students are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.

The clinics will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Mondays: Aug. 2, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, Aug. 23 and Aug 30 in Lot 7, next to the Panzer Athletic Center.

All three approved vaccines will be available: the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, and the two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. All three are options for anyone 18 and older, but only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for persons aged 12-17.

Appointments are requested, but walk-ins will be allowed. Bring your University ID, please. Visit this page to make an appointment online.

Vouchers for free parking in the Red Hawk Deck will be available at the clinic.

If you cannot make it to one of the on-campus clinics, you can get vaccinated at many other locations. Just text your zip code to “438829” and vaccination locations will be texted to your phone within 10 seconds.

Remember, the University requires that all students who will be studying or living on campus in the fall semester to be vaccinated (unless approved for an exemption as allowed by New Jersey law), and the University strongly encourages all employees to get vaccinated. For more information visit the COVID-19 information website.

Vaccination provides the best protection against COVID-19 for ourselves, our families, our fellow students and co-workers, and a vaccinated campus will enable the in-person educational experience that makes Montclair State a highly desirable campus. Do not wait – please make your appointment today.

Vaccinated? Please Let Us Know

Vaccination against COVID-19 is the best way we have to protect ourselves, our families, our students and our co-workers. And knowing the percentage of our campus community who are vaccinated is important for all of us.

That’s why the University is asking all employees to get vaccinated, and then upload their vaccine card through the Vax Check portal. It is fast and easy to do.

The percentage of full-time employees who are vaccinated is reported weekly on our COVID-19 site, and individual vaccination information is kept confidential.

Summer Travel Policy

As a reminder, here are the regulations for University-related travel this summer:

  • Fully vaccinated employees and students will be allowed to travel for University-related reasons to U.S. states and territories beyond New Jersey.
  • International travel will continue to be prohibited, but special exceptions may be made by the Provost in consultation with the Occupational Health Department (for employees) or the University Health Center (for students).
  • For all group travel, COVID-19 testing before and after the trip will be required.
  • Quarantines will not be required for fully vaccinated travelers, but employees must submit proof of vaccination in advance of their trip using the Vax Check system.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may not travel for University-related purposes other than within New Jersey and the immediate region (NY, CT, PA and DE).

This policy applies to all University-related travel between June 1 and August 31. For more details, please visit the University Related Travel page on the Red Hawk Restart website.

Need a COVID Test? We’ve Got You Covered.

Any member of the University community who wants to be tested for COVID-19 can get either a PCR or rapid test on campus.

Rapid tests

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

PCR tests

Wednesdays: 11 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

No appointment necessary. Just come to Webster Hall and bring your University ID. For more information, visit On Campus COVID-19 Testing.

Remember, when you get tested, please report it on Hawk Check.

For More Information

For more the most up to date information about Montclair State’s recovery from the pandemic, please visit the University’s COVID-19 information website, or send email to or

Thank you for reading this special edition of the Weekly COVID Newsletter, a production of the Office of University Communications and Marketing. Comments and suggestions may be sent to Vice President Joseph Brennan,