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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

A-State to require mask wearing on campus, goes into effect immediately

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

JONESBORO, Ark- The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees gathered this morning for a special session to determine if masks should be required on campus.

The board will allow chancellors to require masks be worn as they prepare for students to arrive back for classes in just a few weeks.

“Today, the chancellor did issue an indoor masking mandate for everyone at Arkansas State University. For our students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a face mask in any space that can not easily be socially distanced. So, for example, most hallways, classrooms, elevators and stairwells,” says Arkansas State University chief communications officer, Bill Smith.

Masks will not be required in spacious areas like the student activity center and cafeteria.

People living on campus are not required to wear them in dorms but will in small common areas.

The university will follow the CDC’s transmission map to determine how long the mandate will stay in place.

“And regrettably, Craighead County and our surrounding counties are in what they consider a high transmission phase. As long as we’re still in the red, we’ll be wearing masks,” Smith says

During the meeting, A-State System President Dr. Chuck Welch saying, “this resolution gives our chancellors the flexibility they need to respond to specific situations in their geographic service areas".

A-State hopes this will help keep classes on campus.

“The more we have masking, the better chance we have to assist people to make it through if they have direct contact. We also know it helps limit spread in combination with vaccines. We’re still stressing to everyone associated with Arkansas State that this would be a great chance to get vaccinated before the semester begins,” said Smith.

The new mandate goes into effect immediately.


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