Starting this Monday, USC lifts the indoor mask requirement for students, teachers and school staff


USC students and school staff will no longer be required to wear masks in most indoor campus facilities.

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Starting this Monday, the University of Southern California (USC) will lift the requirement for students, teachers and school staff to wear masks indoors in most of its facilities.

USC said the decision was made following the example adopted by the California and Los Angeles County health authorities.

University officials said that while they were following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to remove the use of face coverings as a requirement, He announced that the masks will continue to be welcome for all those who want to continue taking additional precautions..

β€œIn accordance with county guidelines, while wearing masks indoors is no longer required, it is still highly recommended,” USC Chancellor Charles Zukoski and Senior Vice President David Wright said in a message to the community. .

From this Monday, face masks will no longer be a requirement in classrooms, laboratories, offices, libraries, recreational facilities, dining rooms and sports facilities. However, its use will still be mandatory in healthcare facilities and on board all public transportation, including USC buses..

Students, teachers, and school staff will need to continue to provide proof of COVID vaccination or recent negative coronavirus test to enter certain facilities, such as lunchrooms, gyms, and restaurants to comply with a Los Angeles City ordinance.

USC will continue to require students who are not vaccinated or who do not yet have their full immunization to be tested every 72 hours.. Those students who have been vaccinated but do not have a booster dose should be tested twice a week.

Teachers and vaccinated school personnel who they still do not have reinforcement they will have to be tested for coronavirus once a week.

officials of UCLA has not reported any changes to the requirement to wear masks in interior spaces of the university.

Last week, when Los Angeles County announced it was lifting the mask mandate for vaccinated people, UCLA advised its students that the requirement would remain in effect for its entire school population.r, and while the number of infections on campus had dropped considerably, the number of cases was still much higher than where they were last summer and fall.

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