OSU to Require Masks in All Campus Buildings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio State University is now requiring all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to wear a mask when inside buildings on campus.

The rule also applies to all of the university's medical facilities, and is effective immediately.

It's in effect for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required outdoors on campus for those that are not vaccinated, and cannot maintain social distancing.

University President Kristina Johnson said, "Throughout the pandemic, Ohio State has adapted its actions based on new information and expertise from local, state and federal health officials as well as our own medical and public health experts. We will continue to follow this approach as we prepare for a robust, in-person experience in the upcoming academic year."

She cites the delta variant of COVID-19 for the new rules.

The university is not mandating vaccines, but is encouraging students and staff to get the shot. Students are still required to report their vaccination status to the university by August 5th.

Classes for the fall semester at OSU begin August 24th.

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