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New mask requirement at Middle Tennessee State University for new semester

Devon Williams

MURFREESBORO, TN - Middle Tennessee State University will require the use of masks or facial coverings starting Wednesday, August 11. The announcement was made by Dr. Sidney McPhee, president of the MTSU on Monday via the school's website.

The requirement of masks was made before the students of MTSU return to study on-campus in the fall semester. With traditional on-campus activities coming back, measurements must be taken to make sure that the spread of COVID-19 in MTSU is down to a minimum. The new policy is applied to all members of the school, and all personnel is required to use facial coverings when carrying out indoor activities, excluding dorm rooms, private offices, and individual study rooms.

According to Dr. McPhee, the mask mandate is a response to the increase of positive COVID-19 cases, especially due to the new Delta variant. The mandate is also in line with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) new guidelines to prevent an outbreak from happening again.

The school strongly encourages its members to get the vaccine, but it is not a requirement. "While recognizing that vaccination is a personal choice, it has been proven that this is the most effective way to combat this virus," said Dr. McPhee. But with mask and vaccination, the school hopes that all activities throughout the semester will run smoothly.

"This is not how we had intended to begin the year and it is my hope that this requirement will be short-lived." said Dr. McPhee to close the announcement.

For the full statement from the school regarding the new health protocols for the semester, you can click here.

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