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University of Minnesota to require vaccination or negative test at indoor events

The new policy will go into effect Jan. 26 through "at least" Feb. 9.

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The University of Minnesota system is requiring all attendees at indoor events to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test effective Jan. 26, 2022.
Tyler Schank / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel released a university-wide email Friday announcing that all of its campuses will add a new temporary vaccination policy for indoor campus events.

"In alignment with our commitment to public health, today we are announcing a new, temporary proof of vaccination policy," Gabel wrote. "This policy will be in effect from Wednesday, Jan. 26 through at least Wednesday, Feb.9 at indoor events on any University campus — both in the Twin Cities and across the state."

The policy applies to any events with an attendance of 200 or more people, including those at University of Minnesotafacilities that are rented or leased by third parties.

Gabel said the decision follows the recent vaccination requirements made by the mayor of Minneapolis and St. Paul for guests of restaurants and other entertainment venues effective Wednesday.

Lynne Williams, spokesperson for the University of Minnesota Duluth, said the decision is supported.

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"As an institution, we continue to adapt and be responsive to health and safety measures that we can take to help keep our campus community and guests safe while also doing our part in helping to slow the spread of COVID," Williams said.

Students, faculty and staff will need to show their student ID as proof of vaccination compliance with the policy to gain entry to events.

All others age5 and oldermust show proof of vaccination or a negative, third-party COVID test taken in the previous 72 hours.

"In consultation with medical and public health experts, and health care system leaders, we will reevaluate the policy as the course of the omicron surge and its impact on local hospitals changes. Any policy extension will be announced prior to Feb. 9," Gabel wrote.

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