Kansas State University has rescinded mandatory face masks and social distancing, effective today.

The new policy makes face coverings and physical distancing optional on all campuses and at university events, and doesn’t make any exceptions regarding vaccination status.

The school does continue to “strongly encourage” those who have not recieved the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

It was less than a month ago that the K-State administration had cleared those who had been vaccinated from needing to wear facemasks outdoors, while adjusting indoor guidance.

Those visiting Lafene Health Center or riding University shuttles do still need to follow masking and distancing requirements. The shuttles are under federal Department of Transportation rules, which is why the requirements remain in place.

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