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Emporia State Drops Mask Mandate, Other COVID Protocols

Requirements to wear masks, social distance and disinfect classrooms and offices ended today at Emporia State University. In a communication to all faculty, staff and students, ESU President Allison D. Garrett shared that campus is officially back to normal.

“Our mitigation strategies, along with the availability of vaccines, helped reduce greatly the number of COVID cases on our campus and in our community,” she said. “We continue to encourage all who qualify for vaccines to be vaccinated.”

As students return for the fall, Emporia State is working with other organizations on the area’s #VaxToNormal vaccine incentive plan.

Garrett communicated these specific changes:

  • Masks or face coverings are no longer required. The exception is the Student Wellness Center, which, as a healthcare setting, still requires masks.
  • Social distancing, both inside and outside, is no longer required.
  • Disinfecting protocols are no longer required.

She encouraged all to be respectful to fellow students and colleagues who choose to continue to wear masks and practice social distance.