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NKU will require masks indoors on campus

Northern Kentucky University remains a top-tier higher education institution, receiving Forbes...
Northern Kentucky University remains a top-tier higher education institution, receiving Forbes Magazine’s Top Colleges ranking for the 11th straight year.
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 11:03 AM EDT
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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (WXIX) - Northern Kentucky University announced that masks will be required indoors on campus for all persons, vaccinated and unvaccinated, starting Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The university said the decision was made given the high level of community spread of the delta variant.

Reusable masks will be provided to all faculty, staff and students.

“Our responsibility at this institution is we have to take care of everybody,” NKU Vice President for Health Innovation Valerie Hardcastle said. “Those who are vaccinated and those who are not yet vaccinated, so we need to have policies and procedures that really protect our community.”

Hardcastle says once vaccination rates reach 85%, masks won’t be required anymore.

The Ohio Department of Health recommends unvaccinated students and staff wear masks and those vaccinated should wear masks in public spaces where crowds are present or where social distancing isn’t possible.

Like NKU, the University of Cincinnati will require all individuals to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Miami University is asking faculty, staff, and students to follow CDC advice and wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Xavier University is not requiring masks or vaccinations. They do encourage anyone who is not vaccinated to wear a mask though.

At Ohio State University, vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear masks except on public transportation, at the Wexner Medical Center and in Student Health facilities. Unvaccinated students will be asked to wear masks indoors and to maintain social distancing.

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