Masks now optional on all K-State campuses, at university events

Students and faculty wear face masks, face shields and stay six feet apart in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. (Archive photo by Dalton Wainscott I Collegian Media Group)

In a special edition of K-State Today on Wednesday, the university announced that masks and social distancing are optional for anyone on campus or at a university event.

Fourteen months after shutting down in-person learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas State took a step towards normalcy by lifting mask and social distancing requirements.

The exceptions to the relaxed rules are healthcare settings like Lafene Health Center and riding the university shuttles buses.

Although pandemic safety precautions have loosened, the university encouraged students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Recent data from Lafene shows 7,398 vaccinations through the clinic to date.

The move to make masks and social distancing optional came after some restrictions were lifted in May for fully-vaccinated people, except in densely crowded situations.