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USI Drops Mask Mandate for Anyone Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

The University of Southern Indiana said Wednesday that effective immediately, anyone who's received the COVID-19 vaccine will no longer have to wear a mask on campus.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 2:53 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2021 2:56 PM

Effective immediately, the University of Southern Indiana will no longer require anyone vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a mask while on campus.

USI said Wednesday that in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fully vaccinated individuals would be no longer required to wear masks indoors or outdoors on campus. 

As for those who haven't received the vaccine, USI says they should continue wearing face coverings indoors and outdoors when distancing is not possible.

The University says it's still recommending social distancing of three feet or more when possible in addition to regular hand sanitizing.

USI says despite the lifting of the mask mandate for fully-vaccinated individuals, those who may be uncomfortable in a group environment where some or many may be unvaccinated, are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering.

University officials said previously that USI would strongly encourage, but not require, all members of the USI community to receive the vaccine.

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