EKU relaxes restrictions on mask-wearing for fully vaccinated individuals on campus

Eastern Kentucky University director of public safety and chair of the EKU COVID-19 Task Force, Bryan Makinen announced new COVID-19 guidelines on Friday, May 14 concerning mask-wearing and social distancing on campus.

Makinen said that wearing facial coverings on campus will directly follow the Center for Disease Control recommendations as adopted by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. Everyone who is fully vaccinated may choose to forego masks and social distancing indoors and outside, effective immediately. 

According to Makinen, people who are fully vaccinated can still wear a mask as an added layer of protection if desired.

Those who are not fully vaccinated are expected to wear a mask in all indoor venues and outdoors when they cannot observe proper social distancing. Makinen said that those who are immune-compromised should follow the guidance of their physicians.

“We must rely on each other to adhere to the guidelines based on our individual vaccination status and accept those who choose to either wear or not wear a facial covering. You have demonstrated over the past year that Colonels care about each other, and we must continue to do that now,” Makinen said in an email to the campus community.

Leaders at Model Laboratory School and the Burrier Child Development Center are currently awaiting guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Department of Public Health. According to Makinen, they will release information to students, teachers and parents soon.

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