August 16, 2022

Learners Face Mask Mandates This Fall

Universities in Ca and the Midwest are introducing mask mandates ahead of the drop semester

When students return to campus this fall, several may face newly reinstated masks mandates.  

The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)  announced   in mid-June it turned out extending its indoor mask  mandate .  

The June 14 mandate reads, “ This decision will be reevaluated when UCLA and LA County case numbers and test positivity rates, as well as other metrics, plateau or enhance. ”  

Los Angeles County  announced   on Come july 1st 28 that it would not restore its mask mandate because of COVID-19 cases decreasing in the area at that time.

It can unclear whether UCLA can update its mask require for the Fall accordingly.  

Regardless of COVID-19 cases, California universities are pushing for masks requires.

In a This summer 18 University of California Irvine (UCI)  statement , UCI renewed its indoor masks mandate,   an increase in COVID-19 as the cause for the new mandate.

According to UCI, the mandate will help avoid “ possible exposure to and transmission of COVID-19 on property controlled by UCI, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the UCI community.

Midwestern students will also face mask mandates.

Ohio University-Athens campus recently  announced   on Twitter that it would be bringing back its mask mandates since August 1 .  

OU’s  site   shows that six of the 8 OU campuses meet the  CDC criteria   to become flagged as high risk as of July 29.  

Among the requirements to get high-risk areas is mandatory masking indoors.

Campus Reform  reached out to OU Connect Vice President of Communications  Carly Leatherwood . She explained that the present mandate is a “ short-term measure. ”

“ This week, since Athens County is ‘ reddish, ‘ we are requiring face masks in all indoor spaces on our Athens campus, ” she said. “ The community levels are updated by the CDC weekly and we will reassess when those are released this Thursday [August 1, 2022]. Simply put, masking this week is a temporary measure. ”

Kent State University (KSU) updated its mask plan on July 29 too. Kent students will have to wear masks indoors.  

The change is available in light of rising COVID-19 cases in the area, KSU  posted  on Tweets. There was no mention of when the mandate would end.  

George Wa University, in Washington, DC, has maintained its mask  mandate   throughout the summer and, since June 21, will keep on until further notice.  

Students must be  vaccinated   and boosted to go to the university or obtain a religious exemption.

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