The University of Oklahoma Chief COVID Officer announced a new university-wide masking policy.
With the recent increase of coronavirus cases in the state and across the country, OU's Chief COVID Officers said they are introducing a new policy to prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus.
OU's Masking Policy states:
All individuals in indoor University facilities must wear fabric or disposable surgical-style masks that cover their nose and mouth. Bandanas and scarves are not acceptable. Masks must be worn by all passengers in University-provided transportation, such as campus shuttles, buses, police safety escorts, and motor pool/leased vehicles. Drivers must wear a mask when passengers are in the vehicle. Individuals may remove masks only if they are in their own enclosed private workspace with no one else present or in their dorm room, as more fully described below.
The policy applies to all staff, faculty, student and campus visitors across the three OU campuses.
OU is expected to return to in-person operations in Fall 2020.
OU's Interim President Joseph Harroz, Jr. wrote a letter to the OU community outlining the school's plan to reopen for students and teachers.
Harroz said the university will implement safety precautions, including:
- Adapting class schedules
- Utilizing larger classrooms for the practice of greater social distancing
- Enabling the widespread use of masks and other PPE
- Increasing on-campus testing
- Providing enhanced cleaning throughout all of our campuses
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