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UW-Eau Claire to require masks indoors starting Aug. 30

Photo caption: The indoor masking requirement on UW-Eau Claire campuses will remain in effect through Sept. 30, when university officials will reassess based on the level of virus in the community and the percentage of employees and students who are vaccinated.

All University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, will be required to wear masks in all indoor spaces beginning Monday, Aug. 30.

Chancellor James Schmidt said the mask requirement will be in place in all campus buildings in Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Marshfield.

In addition, all students and employees who have not provided proof of vaccination will be required to test weekly on campus. The requirements will remain in effect through Sept. 30, when UW-Eau Claire officials will reassess based on the level of virus in the community and the percentage of employees and students who are vaccinated.

Vaccinations will be available on campus for students, faculty and staff.

More than 15,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered at Zorn Arena and at UW-Eau Claire’s drive-thru site in the past four months.

“When we do our part, we can help contain the spread in our region,” Schmidt said.

UW-Eau Claire remains committed to opening campuses for in-person instruction on Sept. 2, the Chancellor said. To do so safely, the university must continue to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health agencies to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Our campuses are now in regions of the state with continuing high rates of infection due to the delta variant,” Schmidt said. “We must do all we can to assure that faculty, staff and students can come back to learn together. Requiring indoor masks, and providing vaccinations and regular testing for those individuals unable to vaccinate, will help keep us all healthy and able to offer a richer learning experience this year.”