The University of California, Los Angeles, restored its indoor mask mandate last week, joining Hawaii Systems University, Pennsylvania State University (for the main campus and 13 others), and other colleges and universities.
“The last few weeks have seen a steady increase in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and on our campus. Last week, UCLA had about 870 new cases, which would put us at a ‘critical’ level according to the UCLA Covid-19 pivot matrix, “the order said in a letter.
The letter mentioned limited areas where masks could be removed: performance art rehearsals and performances, indoor dining and when one is alone in the house.
Beginning June 10-12, all participants must wear masks indoors, but speakers may remove their masks for their addresses, and graduates may remove their masks for a moment while walking on stage and taking pictures on stage or adjacent. Has been said. (UCLA operates on a quarterly system, and spring quarter classes do not end until June 3.) Other organizations that have announced the mask mandate have already started and are in the summer session, or their renewal mandates were announced just before the start.
The UCLA also said that the weekly test for COVID-19 would run until June 15.
For colleges, indoor mask mandates were a key part of their response during the pre-epidemic peaks. The removal of the mask mandate was seen by many as a sign of the epidemic behind us. Most colleges, however, cite the growing COVID-19 case as the reason for their actions. Here are some college mask restore mandates:
- Penn State University. On Friday, the university restored masked mandates for the university’s main campus and Beaver, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington and Penn State campuses in Schweilkel. The university had earlier announced that masks were needed on campuses in Abington, Behrend, Brandywine, Great Valley, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The College of Medicine also continues to require masks indoors. Penn State said it complied with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on the County COVID-19 rate.
- University of Hawaii Systems. The system has restored its masked mandate for the entire university system when people are working alone in a room or at least six feet away from others. “Requirements for indoor face masks will remain in place and will be re-evaluated once the level of COVID-19 infection in the state decreases,” the university said.
- University of Pittsburgh. The university on Friday quoted the CDC as saying that the requirements for the Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Titasville campuses had been restored. Masks are optional on Johnstown and Bradford campuses.
- University of Delaware. The university last week imposed the need for an indoor mask, citing “a growing number of COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions across the country, including Delaware, last week.” The university allowed people to be outside without masks, but initially administrators appeared with masks outside (photo on the right, from left, Provost Robin Morgan; Lou Rossi, Dean of Graduate College; and President Dennis Asanis).
All those colleges worked last week. Some colleges that have previously worked to restore the indoor mask mandate include Gallaudet, Georgetown, Howard, Johns Hopkins and Rice University; University of Rochester; And California State University, Los Angeles.
Rochester promised in April 15 when it established its mandate to update the policy in early May. On May 4, Rochester announced, “Campus health officials believe that indoor masking has reduced the number of COVID infections among students in recent days. Based on the effectiveness of the mask requirement in bringing COVID cases back to a more manageable level, as well as the still relatively high rate of covid infection in the larger Rochester community and New York State – the current mask policy will remain in place, including internal initiation ceremonies and ceremonies. “