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University of Michigan Lifts Mask Requirement for Classrooms, Buses

The University of Michigan announced Wednesday that masks will no longer be required in classrooms or on U-M buses for all three of its campuses.

Effective May 2, masks will now be optional for the school’s Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Masks are still required in patient care areas and at COVID-19 testing sites on the Ann Arbor campus. The updated policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Michigan Medicine will maintain its current universal masking policy in all facilities where a patient may arrive as part of their care, including for billing or administrative purposes. Michigan’s medical school will follow campus guidelines and protocols. The school’s children’s centers will follow their own mask policies.

“As we move into a highly vaccinated, but now mask-optional campus, it’s important to remember some in our community may be at increased risk and may choose to wear a mask to enhance their own personal safety,” said Robert Ernst, director of the COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee and associate vice president of student life for health and wellness, in a statement.

“Masks remain an effective measure against the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should remain respectful of others in their choices to either wear or not wear a mask.”

All three U-M campuses are still requiring members of the campus communities to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible.

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