Purdue Fort Wayne extends COVID-19 face mask protocol through 12/31/2021

Purdue University Fort Wayne has decided to extend its temporary requirement to wear face masks inside campus structures through the end of this calendar year on December 31, 2021.

Webmaster’s note: This update was provided to members of the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus community Thursday afternoon.

Purdue Fort Wayne news release:

Purdue Fort Wayne extends temporary face mask protocol through Dec. 31

Fort Wayne, Indiana (November 18, 2021) – Purdue University Fort Wayne has decided to extend its temporary requirement to wear face masks inside campus structures through the end of this calendar year on Friday, December 31.

This protocol applies to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors—regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

During its most recent review of COVID-19 data in Allen County and across Indiana and other factors, no evidence-based reason to suspend the current protocol was identified. The university continues to closely monitor local and state conditions and will revisit the mask requirement prior to the end of the fall semester.

All employees—including faculty teaching in-person classes—must properly wear their face masks while indoors on campus. Individuals may remove masks when in a closed office or a walled personal workspace such as a cubicle, but should always wear a mask when around others, regardless of their vaccination status.

Patrons of on-campus dining are permitted to lower their masks for a reasonable amount of time to eat and drink. This limited exception does not permit individuals or groups to assemble unmasked for other activities in areas within or adjacent to campus dining locations. These expectations also apply to areas of the skybridge between Helmke Library and Walb Student Union, as well as the library itself. Similarly, face masks continue to be required for individuals participating in indoor WellRec activities.

The PFW Ready website serves as the hub for the university’s ongoing response to COVID-19. Important information will also continue to be communicated through the Inside PFW (for faculty and staff) and Don Life (for students) newsletters.


About Purdue University Fort Wayne
Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest university in northeast Indiana and is part of the Purdue University system. Purdue Fort Wayne is uniquely positioned to serve the region as a crossroads of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement. Rigorous academics are combined with a focus on student success across prestigious degree programs taught by more than 300 full-time faculty. 8,093 students of diverse ages, ethnicities, and nationalities pursue their education on the nearly 600-acre campus. A majority of the university’s 62,000+ alumni live and work in Indiana contributing significantly to the state’s economy, vitality, and intellectual strength. The university is a member of the Horizon League athletics conference, and fields 16 NCAA Division I sports teams. For more information, visit


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Allen County Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance and Local Resources

  • Take the Shot FAQ sheet from the Allen County Department of Health
  • Home Care Isolation Guidances
  • COVID-19 Employee Illness Recomendations
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