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Minnesota universities mandate masks to curb COVID-19 spread

Coed, multiethnic group of college students study on center campus lawn on a beautiful spring day. The three in the foreground writing in their notebooks and reading a textbook. There are other students in the background studying, talking, and walking on the sidewalk. There is a large university building behind them.

Public colleges and universities in Minnesota will be requiring masks to be worn on campuses to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as the delta variant of the virus is surging. The University of Minnesota is requiring that all students, employees and visitors at its five campuses wear masks indoors starting Tuesday, regardless of their vaccination status. The Minnesota State public college system says mask mandates will be implemented at campuses that are located in counties with high transmission rates. As of Thursday, that included eight community colleges and two universities, but the number is increasing.


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