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U.Va., Virginia Tech Requiring Face Masks for On-Campus Classes

The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech University will require face masks on campus to start the fall semester as the delta variant of the coronavirus fuels widespread surges in cases.

On Monday, U.Va. mandated students, faculty, staff and visitors, even those who are vaccinated, to wear masks indoors, The Associated Press reported, citing The Daily Progress of Charlottesville. Classes start later this month.

“This policy will allow us to start the year at full capacity and reduce the likelihood of a spike in cases driven by the delta variant and a coming together of students from many places,” U.Va. provost Liz Magill and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis co-wrote in an email to the university community Friday, AP reported.

University officials said they hope to lift the mask mandate for the vaccinated by Sept. 6.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech announced last week that all students and instructors will have to wear face coverings in classrooms and laboratories when classes commence on Aug. 23.

However, starting Tuesday, face masks will be needed in indoor public spaces of VT-owned and leased properties in communities that have what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “substantial or high community transmission” but not in private workplaces, AP reported.

Both universities require students coming to campus to be fully vaccinated, with medical and religious exemptions permitted.

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