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Mask mandate eliminated for Montana University System

By: - May 17, 2021 5:19 pm

Face masks (Anna Shvets/Pexels)

The Montana University system is removing its mask mandate policy, according to a Friday memo from the Commissioner of Higher Education.

“Campuses should consult relevant authorities and guidance at the local, state and federal levels when developing any ongoing guidance related to masks,” said the memo.

The memo stated the sunsetting of that requirement and other Healthy Montana University System Task Force and COVID-19 Planning Guidelines were effective immediately.

Campuses will continue to ensure people with symptoms have access to testing, the memo said.

“If and when necessary, campuses will make accommodations available for students living on campus who require isolation or quarantine housing due to COVID-19 exposure,” said the memo addressed to public higher education officials.

Campuses had to restrict travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the memo said schools should rely on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travel guidelines going forward.

The memo noted the guidelines had given the entire university system “a clear roadmap for success,” and campuses will remain nimble.

“We remain vigilant and flexible, even as we celebrate this significant step toward a full return to normal operations across the MUS,” said Commissioner Clayton Christian in the memo.


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