KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Administrators at the University of Tennessee announced students and staff would need to continue wearing masks indoors, extending their mask requirement past its original expiration date.
Masks will be required in all indoor public spaces, except for private offices and residence hall rooms. They will be required in health care facilities and on public transportation. People will also not be expected to wear a mask while eating, drinking or while exercising.
The policy was originally expanded on Aug. 23 and was set to expire on Sept. 7. Then, officials announced that the policy would stay in place while UT administration continued monitoring COVID-19 cases and will re-evaluate the mask policy in the next few weeks.
The decision comes as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across Tennessee. The state health department reported that nearly 1 in 75 Tennesseeans had the coronavirus on Tuesday. They also said COVID-19 vaccines were the most effective tool to prevent serious illness, urging people to get vaccinated.
Information about when the mask requirement would end was not immediately available.