University removes mask mandate effective March 2

(Graphic by Julie Freijat | Collegian Media Group)

In today’s edition of K-State Today, Kansas State announced the mask mandate on campus will end effective March 2. The decision to remove the mandate comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its masking requirements.

According to the announcement, the CDC is now focusing on COVID-19 Community Levels to decide the best course of action for communities. Right now, the three counties hosting K-State campuses — Riley County, Saline County and Johnson County — are at medium risk levels and not required to use face masks. However, future changes in COVID-19 conditions could lead to a reversal of the university’s recent decision.

Mask requirements are still in place for university shuttles because of United States Department of Transportation policy. More information on changes to masking requirements is available on K-State’s COVID-19 website.

My name is Jared Shuff, and I am a former editor-in-chief of the Collegian. Previously, I worked as the arts & culture editor and as a contributing writer for the news desk. I am a senior in secondary education with an emphasis in English/journalism. I grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas, and attended Hutchinson Community College before transferring to K-State in 2020.