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BREAKING: UA mandates masks for start of fall semester

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Jacqueline Canett | The Daily Wildcat

Spread out, reduce the spread sign at bench outside of Centennial Hall. A man walks in the background with University of Arizona face mask.

University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins announced via email on Aug. 11, that antiviral face masks will be required to be worn in all indoor spaces on the UA campus.

“Based on the current health conditions and aligned with [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance as well as our commitment to deliver in-person learning at the University of Arizona," Robbins stated, "we will require face masks be worn in all indoor spaces where it is not possible to adequately and continuously maintain social distance.”

This announcement directly defies Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order regarding mask mandates in the state of Arizona, which prohibits mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports or discrimination in schools based on who is or isn’t vaccinated.

Robbins’s decision to require masks indoors follows Arizona State University’s recent announcement to mandate masks in indoor spaces in defiance of Ducey’s order. 

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At the UA COVID-19 reentry briefing that took place on Aug. 9, Robbins strongly encouraged, but did not say it was required, that individuals wear masks in indoor spaces on campus.

In the Aug. 11 email, Robbins stated that more details regarding the specifics of the mask mandate will be provided within the coming week.


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