MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) – Central Michigan University has joined the ranks of schools in demanding that people on campus wear masks when students return to campus this fall, the school president said on Monday.
In a letter to students, President Bob Davies said students, faculty and staff are required to wear masks in class at least until the end of September. The letter comes as the school said classrooms would return to full capacity and the vast majority of classes would involve a “face-to-face component.”
The letter was also at a time when the number of COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed across the United States and comes as schools, businesses and other institutions have issued their own mask warrants and orders requiring that students and employees get vaccinated to slow the spread of the virus. In Michigan, while CMU has not made vaccinations mandatory, MLive reports that at least eight other colleges and universities are making the vaccine at least a partial attendance requirement this fall.
“While we don’t require our students and staff to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” Davies said in the letter to the school where a recent poll found that about 34% of his students on campus have been vaccinated. “This not only protects you, but also helps protect your friends and classmates, our entire campus and the surrounding community. ”
As part of efforts to encourage students to get vaccinated, the president’s letter reminded students that while vaccinated people are not required to wear masks at gatherings of less than 25 people in a “space well ventilated and not educational ”, those that are not. vaccinees should always wear masks and practice social distancing.
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