NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Yale University has reinstituted their mask mandate.

Days after the CDC identified seven Connecticut counties, including New Haven County, as COVID hotspots, Yale University made the call to bring back a mask mandate, requiring masks indoors, as well as outdoors at large gatherings and while waiting for a university shuttle, no matter your vaccination status.

One Connecticut university is officially bringing back a mask mandate.

Some students say that it’s understandable, especially with the more contagious Delta variant spreading, but there are critics too, who were hopeful to be fully unmasked this Fall.

“It’s a requirement to come back in the Fall, so I think people are wondering why. That seems like such a large measure there," rising sophomore Matthew Pollack tells us.

Matthew says the new mandate is frustrating, because there already was a COVID vaccine requirement in place to be on-campus this Fall, but he gets there’s more to find out about how the Delta variant spreads among the vaccinated.

“I understand that. At the same time, it’s a shame, because my entire time here has been with masks and with a lot of restrictions, so it’s a shame to not see that going away," continued Pollack.

Rising junior Caroline White applauded Yale’s new mandate, calling it a step in the right direction.

She hopes other colleges and universities take note. For her, it’s all about safety.

“I think that Yale is kind of a paragon, often times, in the community and it makes a lot of sense for them to show the way, and show that masks are a requirement for this new era, given the rising tides in vaccine hesitancy," White added.

While all students, staff, and faculty have to be fully vaccinated to be on campus in the fall, they also had to be fully vaccinated if they were studying or working on campus this Summer.

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