By Madelin Shelton —

The university announced that effective Monday, Aug. 9, it will require masks in public, indoor spaces for all university members. This change will remain in effect until the U of L community reaches an increased vaccination rate.

“Public, indoor spaces are defined as any space inside a campus building that is not considered a private room or private office,” U of L said.

The decision comes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent guidance that areas with high levels of transmission should begin implementing face masks, regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or not.

“Based on the Kentucky immunization registry, we know that at least 30% of students and 67.7% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated,” the university said. “Unless the CDC changes its recommendation, we plan to suspend our mask requirement when we reach an 80% vaccination rate in both our student and employee populations.”

In addition to the new masking guidelines, testing is required for unvaccinated university members starting Aug. 17.

The university plans to continue monitoring the evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and will make changes as they deem appropriate, continuing to rely on guidelines from the CDC and other trusted health professionals.

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