UB will continue to require mask wearing on its campuses, the university announced in a campus-wide email Friday.
The email came after Gov. Kathy Hochul let New York’s statewide indoor mask mandate expire on Wednesday, citing declining infections and hospitalizations. Hochul had previously reinstated the mandate on Dec. 10 to curb rising omicron infection rates and called for New Yorkers to wear a mask in all indoor public places, according to ABC.
“UB has always said it would make changes to our guidelines in response to the course of the pandemic, and based on scientific evidence, the expertise of our faculty, and state and SUNY requirements,” university spokesperson John DellaContrada said in an email to The Spectrum. “What was described in [the] UBForward [announcement] is nothing new.”
The university did lift a requirement that UB-sponsored events only serve “grab-and-go” food, which will allow normal food service to resume, according to the UBForward release.
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