LTCC Moves to Mask Optional, Mask Friendly On March 26

March 22, 2022

COVID-19 positivity rates are declining steadily and, barring the appearance of a new and highly contagious variant, are expected to continue to decline. In light of lower and steadily declining cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, the state of California has updated its mask guidance from masks “required” to masks “strongly recommended.” Based on California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, Lake Tahoe Community College will sunset its campus-wide mask requirement beginning on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Starting on this date, mask-wearing will be optional inside LTCC facilities (with the exception of the main COVID-19 testing room), and use of the #CampusClear app will no longer be required to access campus buildings. The main library doors will continue to serve as the main entrance for the entire campus due to ongoing construction work.

LTCC will actively support and continue to maintain a mask-friendly culture. Those who choose to continue masking are encouraged and supported in doing so. A mask-friendly culture includes showing understanding and respect for those who continue to mask to protect themselves and their loved ones. Masks will be optional as long as the current cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 continue on their current, downward trajectory. Free surgical masks will continue to be readily available around campus for anyone who wishes one.

LTCC developed, implemented, and updated a number of mitigation protocols over the last two years that will continue to be in place on campus. They include: current mask requirements in place through Winter Quarter (Friday, March 25); mask requirement within the COVID testing room on campus; continuing use of filtration units in classrooms and offices; free weekly COVID testing continues for students and employees through June 2022; clear protocols for quarantining when positive for COVID and for guiding a safe return to campus; continued employee requirement to vaccinate or test weekly through at least June 30, 2022. In addition, LTCC continues to strongly encourage all students and college employees to stay at home when not feeling well.

For more information about LTCC’s COVID protocols and accessing campus, visit the college’s Coronavirus Updates webpage.