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Mask Mandate Remains in Place at LSU and UL Lafayette

"As we have said from the beginning of the pandemic, safety will always be our guidepost."

Posted: May 27, 2021 11:01 AM
Updated: May 27, 2021 11:02 AM

Accroding to a letter released to students and employees of LSU, the mask mandate will remain in place. "As we have said from the beginning of the pandemic, safety will always be our guidepost. We feel that continuing the mask mandate at this time is the safest option for our employees and students while we continue to monitor the state’s progress regarding COVID-19."

The decision was made to keep the mask mandate after Governor John Bel Edwards lifted restrictions on Tuesday.

According to UL's website: All students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear masks in public areas.

Masks will be available in all face-to-face classrooms, though students are encouraged to wear their own if they have one.

Instructors will be provided with transparent face masks in face-to-face scenarios to ensure maximum clarity, particularly for students who rely heavily on visual communication.

The full statement from LSU can be read below:

Dear LSU Community,

On Tuesday, the Governor announced that he is removing the mask mandate in many of its particulars, but we have decided, in an abundance of caution, to keep the mask mandate in place at this time. This means that masks will still be required on campus while indoors, and within 6 feet of others outdoors. As we have said from the beginning of the pandemic, safety will always be our guidepost. We feel that continuing the mask mandate at this time is the safest option for our employees and students while we continue to monitor the state’s progress regarding COVID-19.

It’s great news that cases of the virus, hospitalizations, and deaths are all down considerably, and we want to do our part to keep that trend moving in the right direction so we can have an in-person fall semester.

We want to thank you again for the sacrifices you have all made throughout the pandemic, and we strongly urge you to get vaccinated so we can return to a safer campus this fall.

Through May 29th, the Pfizer vaccine is available at the south endzone of Tiger Stadium with no appointment necessary, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please take advantage of this opportunity to receive the vaccine on campus, to protect yourself as well as others who may be more at risk than you are. Once you’ve been vaccinated, please let us know here so we can keep track of our progress.

Thank you,

Tom Galligan
LSU President and Professor of Law

Stacia Haynie
LSU Executive Vice President & Provost
J.W. Annison, Jr. Alumni Professor

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