Ball State University will continue to require wearing face masks and other COVID-19 precautions even after the state drops most of its requirements on April 6.
When the state’s mask mandate becomes an advisory on April 6, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration will only require masks to be worn in state buildings, COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and K-12 schools. He’s said local businesses and others can continue to impose more precautions. Although, a bill moving through the General Assembly would take away that option in the future if it’s passed and signed.
In an email to the Ball State campus Thursday, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns said face coverings – like masks and shields – will still be required on the Muncie campus. Mearns said the campus will also continue to physically distance, sanitize, and limit the size of events.
Mearns said he’ll discuss a timeline to get back to “normal” with the school’s board of trustees in May. That will come the same week as Ball State hosts its first in-person graduation event since 2019 – a series of physically distanced ceremonies outdoors, rain or shine, at the football stadium.
Ball State is also encouraging everyone to be vaccinated.