Masks mandatory inside all UW campus buildings this fall

Masks mandatory inside all UW campus buildings this fall

A statue of Bucky Badger on UW-Madison's campus wears a makeshift face mask. The UW Board of Regents passed a mask requirement at a meeting Thursday. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL

A statue of Bucky Badger on UW-Madison’s campus wears a makeshift face mask. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL

Students and employees on University of Wisconsin campuses this fall must wear a face covering in classrooms and other indoor public spaces.

The UW Board of Regents unanimously passed the mask mandate Thursday, a few weeks after UW System guidelines recommended masks but stopped short of requiring them.

Nearly all campuses surveyed by the Wisconsin State Journal last month had already planned some sort of mask requirement, but several chancellors and Regents said a System-wide requirement would help with enforcement.

As the start of the fall semester nears with no vaccine in sight, reopening plans at the 26 campuses continue to take shape. Key to safely bringing back thousands of students and staff amid the pandemic is a mask requirement, said interim System President Tommy Thompson.

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