COVID-19 Summer 2022 Policies

We look forward to having summer programs, camps, and conferences on campus this summer. As we continue to navigate the challenges associated with college operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be mindful of the wellbeing of all participants and guests, including those with health risk considerations and those who are not eligible to be vaccinated. Therefore the following protocols are in place. 

Campus Housing and Facility Access

  • All participants who will be staying in a college residence must be fully vaccinated and boostered and will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon arrival to campus. We will be utilizing the CLEAR Health Pass app to facilitate this process. 
  • All participants who will be accessing non-residential indoor college facilities and are not staying on campus  must be fully vaccinated, or provide a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival. We will be utilizing the CLEAR Health Pass app to facilitate this process. Only those COVID-19 tests listed on the Bates CLEAR Health Pass site will be accepted.
  • The only vaccine exemptions that will be considered are medical exemptions. Summer program participants requesting a medical exemption must do so no later than three weeks prior to arrival. Those seeking an exemption should contact Christine Schwartz, Associate Vice President for Dining, Conferences and Campus events at cschwart@bates.edu. 

Criteria for medical exemptions include: 

1) a severe allergic reaction or a severe hypersensitivity reaction to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 

2) a non-severe allergic reaction or a non-severe hypersensitivity reaction to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within 4 hours of receiving the dose; 

3) individuals with underlying medical conditions such as weakened immune systems, autoimmune conditions, or other underlying medical conditions following recommendations from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. All requests for medical exemptions are subject to the review and approval by the clinical provider at Bates’ healthcare partner, Central Maine Medical Center.

Masking Requirements

  • Participants…
    • who are verified as being fully vaccinated and boostered are not required to wear a mask indoors unless required by the summer camp, program, or conference.  
    • who are provided a medical exemption are required to wear a mask indoors.  
  • Guests and Spectators…
    • who show proof of being fully vaccinated and boostered are not required to wear a mask indoors unless required by the summer camp, program, or conference.
    • who show a negative test within 48 hours are presumed unvaccinated and are required to wear a mask indoors. Those under the age of five, and therefore not yet eligible to be vaccinated, may only attend outdoor on-campus summer programs. They cannot enter any facilities including residences and Commons. 
  • Neither Guests nor participants are required to wear a mask outdoors unless required by the summer camp, program, or conference.

COVID Oversight

  • It is the responsibility of the program to be prepared to refer participants experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to an off-campus testing location, or provide them with a self-administered antigen test. There will be no COVID-19 testing available on campus. 
  • Program participants who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate in place until cleared by a medical provider. Dining support will be provided to individuals in isolation, but it will be the responsibility of the program to provide any additional support needed.