April 1, 2021

Ball State Still Requiring Face Masks After State Mandate Ends

Article origination Indiana Public Radio
Ball State students eat and talk in a dining hall during the first week of classes. - Ball State University via Facebook

Ball State students eat and talk in a dining hall during the first week of classes.

Ball State University via Facebook

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.

Read More: Notre Dame, Ball State Announce Expanded COVID-19 Vaccination Plans

Support independent journalism today. You rely on WFYI to stay informed, and we depend on you to make our work possible. Donate to power our nonprofit reporting today. Give now.

 

 

Related News

Indiana University Offering Prizes For Vaccine Documentation
IU Amends Vaccine Requirement, Will No Longer Mandate Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Purdue University Named In AG's Advisory Opinion On Vaccine Document Requirements