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Ole Miss no longer requiring masks as of March 2

The university announced it's making mask wearing optional in all indoor facilities, keeping the requirement for transportation systems and healthcare buildings.
Credit: University of Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss — The University of Mississippi announced Tuesday it is lifting its mask requirements for all indoor facilities March 2, stating that they're seeing a continued reduction in COVID-19 case counts and low levels of transmission among their community.

Masks will still be required on campus transportation systems due to a requirement from the TSA that runs until March 18, and university healthcare facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

"We have been committed to utilizing layered prevention strategies and to adjusting our protocols as needed," said Glenn Boyce, the university's chancellor. "I’m very appreciative how our campus community continues to respond and adapt in order to meet our top priorities of keeping our campus healthy while meeting our mission and serving our students."

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Ole Miss added that they remain committed to monitoring campus and community trends, and will not hesitate to reimplement mask requirements, if warranted.

The university stated it's important they support those who still choose to wear masks on campus. 

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From the University of Mississippi:

Effective March 2, face coverings are required only on transportation networks (mandated by the Transportation Security Administration) and in healthcare settings such as University Health Services and University Counseling Center, regardless of vaccination status.

Face coverings are optional in all other indoor spaces, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, residence halls, libraries, dining facilities, the Student Union, Campus Recreation facilities, retail spaces, offices, conference rooms or extracurricular activities held in indoor on-campus spaces.

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