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Loyola To Require Guests To Show Proof of Vaccination Or Negative Test Result Effective April 11

Zack Miller | The Phoenix

After requiring students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, Loyola recently announced that guests and visitors will soon be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result, including those attending commencement ceremonies. 

The Loyola community was informed in a March 31 email all campus visitors ages five and older must be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations beginning April 11, according to the email. 

Those who haven’t received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and the booster when eligible won’t be permitted to attend on-campus events unless they provide proof of a negative test result taken within 48 hours of the event, according to the email. 

First-year entrepreneurship major Nate Loose said he thinks the new guest policies are appropriate. 

“I feel like the new policy is pretty reasonable considering even if you aren’t up to date on your booster you can still receive a negative test to attend Loyola events,” Loose, 19, said. 

The new update will be enforced by the hosts and organizers of the event who will verify guests’ vaccination status on Clear Health Pass — an app that allows users to upload their vaccination information, according to the email. Guests and visitors should submit their vaccination information on the app prior to the event so they can seemlessly provide proof upon entry.

While guests are directed to use Clear Health Pass, members of the Loyola community should use Loyola Health — a website to view campus access status, COVID-19 resources and submit COVID-19 vaccination information among other things, according to the email. 

Sophomore psychology major Kate Lillemoen said only having a negative test makes her a little weary. She would rather have people be fully vaccinated before entering events. 

“It would make me feel at ease knowing people are vaccinated because I don’t know where people have been, especially if they aren’t vaccinated,” Lillemoen, 19, said.

The updated guidelines for on-campus events also apply to commencement ceremonies and events, according to an April 1 email to students graduating this year.  

Before entering the commencement events, all students graduating this semester should be prepared to prove they are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations on the Loyola Health app. Commencement guests are asked to use the Clear Health app to do the same, according to the April 1 email. 

Senior Marketing major Maggie Guidici who is graduating this coming spring said she doesn’t care about the new guest policy applying to the commencement ceremonies. 

“I don’t mind these guidelines at all, just as long as I don’t have to wear a mask as I accept my diploma and walk across the stage,” Guidici, 22, said. 

Loyola relaxed its mask requirement March 14, only requiring masks in classrooms and instructional labs, campus transportation and in healthcare settings, The Phoenix reported. Due to this policy change, event attendees won’t need to wear a face mask.

Senior Vice President Thomas M. Kelly and Provost and Chief Academic Officer Margaret Faut Callahan noted in the March 31 email the guidelines may change depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops over the course of the remaining semester. 

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