Throw on some orange and blue! The University of Florida’s athletic events will once again go down in front of full-capacity crowds in the very near future.
UF announced this news in an official press release on Tuesday, noting that The Swamp—its main stadium and the home of the Florida Gators—will begin filling up for events starting June 28, and that masks will be optional.
See the full announcement from UF below:
Given recently released national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, the University of Florida will make masks optional rather than required for students, faculty, staff and guests on UF property and in UF facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.
Within UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including dentistry practices and veterinary hospitals, masks will continue to be required. UF Health will support UF in implementing these policies as safely as possible and urges those who have not been vaccinated to do so. You may click below for information on how and where to receive your vaccine.
Looking ahead, UF will transition to pre-COVID normal operations for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year June 28, as previously announced. Changes include returning to pre-pandemic classroom capacity for Summer B and Fall semesters. We will also resume full in-person participation in athletic and other activities on our campuses, including fan participation in stadiums and arenas.
Please note that while we are encouraged by the progress we are making, we will continue to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, closely monitor the pandemic, and take appropriate steps aimed at continuing to safeguard our university community should it become necessary to do so.
As we begin our summer sessions and look forward to a new academic year, our admiration and gratitude go out to our UF students, faculty and staff, who have excelled, innovated and advocated for the measures implemented to ensure we had a successful academic year while contributing to the greater good across the state and beyond. In addition, we applaud all those who have served tirelessly on the front lines of the pandemic, including our healthcare workers. To you, we owe our deepest debt of gratitude.