Mask Requirement Goes Into Effect at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College's mask requirement went into effect on Monday, requiring everyone on campus to wear a face covering while in a public indoor space.

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 8:59 AM
Updated: Aug 16, 2021 9:10 AM

As of Monday, Aug. 16, everyone on the campus of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky, will be required to wear a mask while in a public indoor setting.

The college said it was requiring masks for all of its members and guests due to the current public health situation and the critical incidence rate of COVID-19 cases in Daviess County.

“This change is not permanent, and we will be revisiting the protocols as they are updated by the state regulations and the CDC," KWC President Thomas Mitzel said.

The campus will continue to operate as usual, including in-person instruction, events, and activities, though all participants at indoor functions will now be required to wear masks.

The college is strongly encouraging, not requiring, its students and staff members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All KWC students are being offered a $250 incentive with proof of vaccine prior to or on Aug. 23.

“Over 90% of our faculty and staff are vaccinated,” Mitzel stated in today’s message. “If we can reach 80% among our students, we will create a safe environment for our campus community, and our larger family surrounding the campus, allowing for the removal of the mask protocol.”

You can find more information on the college's COVID-19 policies and data on kwc.edu/coronavirus.

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