As App State prepares for the full return to pre-pandemic operations for the fall 2021 semester, the university will continue to make data-driven decisions informed by national, state and local public health guidance, ordinances and restrictions. Guidance is regularly updated.
This page was last updated June 11, 2021.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
The CDC has released guidance for choosing safer activities for people based on their vaccine status. People are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after:
- Their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or,
- A single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
The CDC guidance indicates:
- It’s safe to be outside without a mask.
- It’s safe to be inside without a mask if you are fully vaccinated.
- If you are fully vaccinated, your vaccine will protect you from others.
- The risk of fully vaccinated people transmitting COVID-19 to unvaccinated people is reduced.
North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS) guidance
On June 11, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 220 in effect immediately through July 30. This order extends some measures currently in place to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic from Executive Order 215, specifically:
- Face coverings continue to be required in certain settings such as indoor day and overnight camps for children conducted by a campus, campus health care facilities, a child care facility operated by a campus, or campus public transportation, in accordance with CDC guidance.
- Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue to wear face coverings, but they are not required to do so.
- It is strongly recommended that individuals wear face coverings in large indoor seated facilities (those with seating capacity of 5,000 or more), but face coverings are no longer mandated in such facilities.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 215 on May 14. The order followed updated guidance from the CDC and lifted the state’s gathering limits, social distancing requirements and indoor face covering mandates for most settings. Review the FAQ document for details.
UNC System guidance
- On May 20, 2021, UNC System President Peter Hans sent a memo to the Chancellors of UNC System institutions regarding operational incentives to encourage students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Chancellors retain the authority to impose public health requirements on their campuses that are more restrictive than those of an Executive Order should Chancellors choose to do so depending on the unique circumstances and community conditions of the campus. Whether to do so or not is within the discretion of the Chancellor.
- On April 29, 2021, President Hans sent a memo to the Chancellors of UNC System institutions informing them the UNC System will not mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for faculty, staff or students of UNC System constituent institutions.
Town of Boone guidelines
On May 18, the Town of Boone lifted all State of Emergency orders related to COVID-19. The Town is following state-level guidelines issued by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on May 14.
- Town businesses and property owners retain their rights to require the use of masks by their employees and/or customers.
- Read more about Town of Boone COVID-19 resources and information.