IU, Ball State reinstating mask mandates, regardless of vaccination status

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Masks will once again be required on the campuses of Ball State and Indiana University to start the new school year.

Indiana University announced masks will be required indoors for all campuses beginning Thursday, including IU Fort Wayne. In a tweet, the university says this is a time-limited recommendation, with possible changes being considered based on local coronavirus data.

Ball State’s mask mandate will go into effect Monday, Aug. 9. University President Geoffrey Mearns announced the decision in a letter on Wednesday morning.

“I believe this modification to our current mask protocol will enable us this Fall semester to sustain the vibrant on-campus experience that we all value so much,” wrote Mearns.

This mask mandate could be removed based on several factors, such as the number of new coronavirus cases and the number of fully vaccinated students and staff.

Ball State’s decision to mandate masks once again comes as coronavirus cases continue to surge due to the delta variant.

Ball State students begin the new school year on Monday, Aug. 23.

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