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San Juan College updates mask requirement

As a response to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order, San Juan College is requiring that masks be worn by all people at all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status as of Friday.

This indoor mask requirement applies to all classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, college vehicles, Health and Human Performance Center and other spaces, and to all faculty, staff members, students and visitors to San Juan College campuses.

People must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth when inside SJC buildings. The only exception is when someone is eating or drinking.

While the vaccine is strongly encouraged, SJC does not currently require that all employees and students be vaccinated.

The college will host a free vaccination clinic for students and employees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the lobby area outside of the Tutoring Center.

All vaccine recipients will receive a $100 card from the New Mexico Department of Health. All students who receive the vaccine will get a $100 gift certificate to the San Juan College Bookstore, and will be entered into a drawing for scholarships and other prizes. Another clinic is being organized for SJC students and employees in September.

This current public health order is in effect until at least Sept. 15. SJC will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and the New Mexico Department of Health, and will update requirements as that guidance evolves and as conditions warrant.