UW System set to end mask mandate by March 1
MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The University of Wisconsin System is working to end masking requirements on campuses.Outgoing System President Tommy Thompson is working the chancellors with the goal of ending the mask mandate by March 1. That’s includes UW-Green Bay and UW Oshkosh.Thompson says COVID-19 cases are down in campus communities and there’s widespread vaccination.“Wisconsin has one of the fastest rates of coronavirus decline in the country,” Thompson said. “While we will continue to take prudent prevention measures when warranted, restrictions can be lifted as case counts drop. Further, vaccinations and boosters are readily available to combat the virus that is much less severe for people who take this individual responsibility to protect themselves and others.”
…UWGB’s mask mandate ends on March 1. Campus officials released the following to students and staff:
- The mask mandate is still in place until March 1 and should be followed. We need to allow the numbers to continue to come down to ensure we do not jeopardize the direction we are headed in for the near future.
- I beg you to continue to have compassion for each other. This spirit is who we are as Phoenix. There are still people who are at significant risk if they contract COVID. If someone that is required to be around you asks you to wear a mask in their presence, I ask that you do your best to honor their wishes. Today’s decision does not ban masks, but allows for personal choices to be made regarding the precautions each of us will take moving forward.
- If the trajectory of the pandemic changes, we will reconsider our protocols, just as we have done throughout the last few years.