Mask mandate returns at UConn April 18
STORRS, CT (WFSB) – The University of Connecticut is reinstating its mask mandate on Monday, April 18.
The school says the mask requirement is returning after a recent rise in the COVID-19 positivity rate.
Junior Matthew Mancini said, “I think it’s the safe thing to do especially since the rising cases and severity of COVID.”
The mandate applies to the UConn Storrs campus and all regional campuses.
“The university is reinstituting a masking requirement for all indoor instructional settings, workspaces, and indoor events exceeding 100 individuals,” the university said.
School officials say the mask mandate will be in place for the rest of the Spring semester and through final exams.
“The goal of this decision is to protect health on our campuses and to help ensure that the remaining weeks of the semester and UConn’s commencement ceremonies can be conducted in-person,” the university said.
“I am not totally against it because it will be nice to have that piece of mind knowing that when you go to class tis not going to be like am I going to get it or not get it,” said Sophomore Kathryn Morrill.
See the full letter to the UConn community here:
To the University Community:
Due to a substantial rise in COVID-19 positivity rates both in the state of Connecticut and on UConn’s Storrs campus and the potential risk this poses to the remainder of the in-person semester and commencement, the university is reinstituting a masking requirement for all indoor instructional settings, workspaces, and indoor events exceeding 100 individuals, effective Monday April 18. This applies to the Storrs and regional campuses.
“Instructional settings” include classrooms, labs, studios, rehearsal rooms and clinics. For employees, masks should be worn in the workplace, as was the case prior to March 3. Physical distancing is not required and catering and dining guidance in unchanged and continues to apply to upcoming events and awards ceremonies.
This policy will remain in place through the end of the semester and final exams.
The goal of this decision is to protect health on our campuses and to help ensure that the remaining weeks of the semester and UConn’s commencement ceremonies can be conducted in-person. A widespread outbreak that overwhelms university health services and available isolation space could potentially disrupt both.
When the university relaxed masking requirements in March, and then again earlier this month, the Covid-19 positivity rate in Connecticut was consistently low at approximately 2%; as of this week, the state’s seven-day average now stands at 6.26%. During the month of March and prior to that, the number of positive cases among students was also consistently low. Over the most recent seven-day reporting period, there were approximately 150 new positive cases both on- and off-campus.
UConn’s classrooms and workspaces remain extremely safe; resuming the masking requirement for these spaces during a time of rising infection rates further enhances that level of safety.
As always, the university adjusts its public health measures based on circumstances and available data.
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