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Published June 21, 2024

BREAKING: University announces change to mask requirements

Effective March 21, masks will no longer be required in various indoor spaces, but will continue to be required in classrooms.
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Masking requirements have been lifted in some indoor settings on the University of Minnesota campus beginning March 21, according to a campus-wide email sent Friday.

Masks will no longer be required in dining settings, common areas, sporting and entertainment events, according to an email from the University Office of the President. Masks will not be required at spring commencement events.

Students will not be required to wear a mask in libraries, student unions and recreation facilities. Masks are still required in classrooms, healthcare and transit settings on campus.

The decision to lift the mask mandate was made after monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates, cases and hospitalizations, according to the email. Guidance also came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.

“We will continue to monitor public health data and, in consultation with our experts, will adjust our guidance as necessary,” President Joan Gabel said in the email.

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