University of Delaware brings back indoor masking

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Citing a growing number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Delaware and areas over the past week, the University of Delaware is reinstating its masking requirement for all indoor spaces.

The mandate became effective Tuesday.

Delaware was recently listed as having the second-highest percentage growth in new cases among the 50 states. Face masks are to be worn indoors at UD except when individuals are actively eating or drinking.

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This requirement applies to all UD-sponsored events, on or off-campus, as well as all indoor facilities, including residence halls, libraries, classrooms, and other public/common spaces.

Classroom and/or presentation speakers may remove their masks while presenting as long as they are more than six feet from others in attendance.

Masks also continue to be required on all campus shuttles and University transportation services, as well as health care clinics.

The order comes as weekend graduation ceremonies approach and thousands of family members come to Newark. The graduation itself, which will feature President Biden as a speaker, is held outdoors.

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