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U of M: facemasks required on all campuses

DULUTH, MN -- The University of Minnesota system will begin requiring facemasks in all indoor, public spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to an email from system president Joan Gable Monday afternoon, the ruling goes into effect Wednesday, July 1 and includes all U of M properties.

Gable says all students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to "use an appropriate
face covering at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses and properties."

She outlined the follow exceptions:

-When eating or drinking; however, physical distancing must be practiced.
-In your assigned on-campus apartment or residence hall room.
-When you are alone in a room or where a posted and official University notice indicates masks are not needed.
-When you are alone in a motor vehicle.
-If you are unable to wear a face covering while exercising at the Sports and Health Center.
-In labs or other places that instead require use of a respirator.
-If you require accommodations for health or disability reasons, students and guests should contact UMD Disability Resources; employees should contact the Disability
Resource Center.
-An individual with a religious accommodation through Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

"Coverings are strongly encouraged while outdoors on campus grounds, but are not required. We expect you to maintain physical distancing guidelines if you are not wearing a face covering outside," UMD Chancellor Lendley Black wrote.

There was no immediate word how long the requirement would last.

UMD leaders recently announced they intend to bring students back to campus in fall 2020 with safety precuations in place.

Briggs LeSavage

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