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CSU eases masking mandate

Starting from Monday, March 7, CSU will only require masks in the classroom and laboratories.

Cleveland State University announced Friday it would begin easing its masking mandate beginning Monday, March 7, with students, faculty and staff required to mask up only in classrooms and laboratories. 

CSU is recommending that the university community continue to wear masks in any other indoor facilities including offices, common areas, recreational centers, etc., but it will not be a requirement.

“As we move into the last half of spring semester 2022 – our third year in the COVID-19 pandemic – there may be some light at the end of the tunnel in our continuing battle against this coronavirus and its many mutations," the administration said in an email to the university community.

The university said it was taking its decision to ease the masking mandate because of changed CDC guidance and recent national and local declines in new cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

The CDC now rates Cuyahoga County as “medium risk,” and the county has ended the indoor mask mandate for its facilities. On that basis, CSU said it would begin rolling back campus mask requirements.

CSU's administration said it recognized and respected that some faculty, students and staff would choose to continue to wear a mask and that the community should respect that.

The administration noted that vaccination plus a booster continues to offer the best protection against serious illness, hospitalization or death from COVID-19, and that CSU continues to provide free vaccinations and booster shots for students, faculty and staff at Health and Wellness Services

Vaccinations are offered every Tuesday and booster shots are available on Wednesdays by appointment in Room 205 at the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (2112 Euclid Avenue). Call 216-687-3649 to schedule your appointment.

The administration said it would continue to monitor and act upon changes in COVID-19 guidance from public health officials and the CDC, and would share any further changes to COVID protocols as conditions evolve.