Ohio University announced early Friday morning that it will be reinstating its mask mandate effective Aug. 1, which requires masks to be worn in all indoor spaces on OU’s Athens campus.
The mandate was reinstated due to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s information regarding COVID-19 community levels, according to a university-wide email. Athens is currently at a high community level.
According to a previous Post report, Athens City Council rescinded its mask mandates on March 1 earlier this year, following OU loosening its own requirements. On March 1, OU released a statement that stated masks were no longer required in non-classroom settings on campus.
However, that announcement has been reversed due to the change in policy made Friday.
Exemptions to the mandate are available to those with qualifying circumstances, including children under two, those who are actively eating or drinking, those with health exemptions and those in settings where wearing a mask is not reasonable.
For more information visit OU’s website.