Why Michigan State continues requiring masks in classes, labs

EAST LANSING — Local and state COVID-19 guidance prompted Michigan State University to lift its masking rules earlier this month, a school official said, but the university is still requiring students to wear masks in class.

While it lifted masking requirements nearly everywhere else on campus, MSU continues to require students and staff wear masks in classrooms, labs and shared research spaces as a continued measured focused on making students and staff feel more comfortable.

“We believe leaving the masking requirements in place at this time allow for extra peace of mind for students and employees and faculty in classes so they can focus: for faculty on teaching and students on learning,” MSU spokesperson Dan Olsen said.

Classrooms and academic labs with multiple people inside were the only exceptions to MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr.’s announcement on March 3, in which he said the campus-wide mask mandate was ending.

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