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U. Texas at Austin to Require Students and Faculty to Wear Masks Indoors

U. Texas at Austin to Require Students and Faculty to Wear Masks Indoors

“consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”

The only exception seems to be if you are in a room alone, such as a dorm room.

The Texas Tribune reports:

University of Texas at Austin will require all students, faculty and staff to wear masks inside campus buildings

The University of Texas at Austin will require all students, faculty and staff to wear face masks in campus buildings next fall to prevent the spread of COVID-19, interim Dean Jay Hartzell announced Monday.

UT-Austin appears to be the first university in the state to implement a mandatory face mask policy for the fall semester. In an email to the UT community, Hartzell said students and faculty may remove their face coverings in a campus building if they are alone in a private office or in their residence hall room. Masks will be encouraged in outdoor areas of campus, and enforcement measures will be announced later. The university is also planning to test asymptomatic individuals and routinely screen people for symptoms as they enter buildings on campus.

“This policy — which is currently in place for the summer — is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which makes clear that face coverings, in addition to social distancing measures, are among the most effective strategies in limiting the spread of COVID-19, particularly in high-density areas,” Hartzell said in the email.

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Comments

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 9, 2020 at 12:26 pm

What a load of crap,

People should just refuse to use them at all.

It’s UTA. I’ll guarantee they won’t be restricting classrooms to 25% of capacity, though.

Depending upon when they start back August in Austin generally averages 95 degrees, around October should drop to the 70s on average. I hope they have good cooling in the building or the kids are going to drop from heat stroke. The cloth face masks hold heat to the face.

    randian in reply to kyrrat. | June 9, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Interesting that they choose extreme measures for a virus that is killed by the heat you mention, once that will have another 2-3 months of spreading before any student gets to campus. The virus will be either dead or so universal as to make these measures a pointless exercise. Almost like they don’t care about the science.

I am not in the least surprised by this extreme level of idiocy by UT Austin. I graduated from the left-wing loony bin. The only way to stop this insanity is through the currently sane state government. It would be better to send in the militia and shoot all of the lefties, but that will remain a pipe dream for now.

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