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WKU President: Masks Will Be Required While Indoors On Campus Starting Aug. 9

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Western Kentucky University is reinstating an on-campus mask mandate due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases across the state.

President Timothy Caboni sent an email to faculty and staff Wednesday afternoon that said everyone on WKU’s campuses will be expected to wear a mask while indoors starting Monday, Aug. 9.

Caboni said that he knows the news will be a disappointment to some, but that he hopes masking will increase the chance for a normal semester in light of the surging number of Delta variant cases of coronavirus.

“WKU’s highest priority has always been the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff,” Caboni said in the email. “Vaccines remain one of the strongest deterrents to viral transmission and serious symptoms or complications. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please schedule an appointment with GGC WKU Health Services by calling (270) 745-2272.”

Caboni also said WKU’s Coronavirus Task Force will soon release further guidance for the coming fall semester, and will determine when masking will again be optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

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