CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Masks will continue to be necessary for indoor spaces at the University of Virginia.

A letter sent to the UVA community on Friday announced that all people, vaccinated or not, will be required to wear a mask while inside spaces owned by the university of spaces it leases through at least the end of October.

According to a release, community members will not have to wear a mask while at home in a residence hall or private residence or while actively eating or drinking.

Currently, COVID-19 cases are low at UVA, but Provost Liz Magill and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis cited a higher prevalence of the virus, specifically the Delta variant, in the surrounding community for extending the policy.

“Now that the semester is fully underway, we continue to see encouraging signs that high vaccination rates within our community and other mitigation measures are helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, even as we get back to more ‘normal’ ways of living, learning and working together,” Magill and Davis wrote. “Unfortunately, while cases within the UVA community remain low, the high prevalence of the delta variant in Central Virginia is straining health care resources in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region.”

Additionally, anyone attending a ticketed event at the John Paul Jones Arena will need to show either proof of vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter, beginning Oct. 18.

“This requirement, along with our indoor mask requirement, will provide added assurance that UVA basketball games, concerts and other events at JPJ will not be sources of significant community spread,” wrote Magill and Davis.

UVA will be monitoring the progression of the virus throughout the month and will be updating its policies no later than Nov. 1.

To read the full message to the UVA community, click here.