MSU releases new COVID policy for the first weeks of fall semester

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

With the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, MSU will temporarily require masks
for all indoor activities and in all indoor locations on our campuses. That
includes non-personal vehicles and public transit. The only exceptions will be
in private offices. 

Consistent with federal public health guidance, MSDH "directs that masks be worn
universally indoors for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of
vaccination status. Due to the prevalence of the highly transmissible Delta
Variant, masks must be worn in all indoor facilities to mitigate the risk of
infection at this time." 

After the first few weeks of the Fall 2021 semester, it is our hope that MSU may
be able to move to mask-optional policies if the number of cases on campus and
in the community decreases, and vaccination rates improve substantially. MSU
will regularly reevaluate the need to continue the mask requirement. We believe
this significant preventative measure will enable us to safeguard activities
like tailgating, student events, and other normal parts of university life.

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