University of Maine system extends mandate for indoor masks

The University of Maine system has announced that it will extend its masking policy to students returning from spring break. Authorities are extending mask mandates for indoor face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, until April 1 after returning from spring break. The school system says the extension is intended to maintain protection as students, staff and faculty return to campus. The University of Maine system will review the requirement before April 1, with a chance to tone down parts of it if positive trends continue. The school system has also announced that it will require up-to-date vaccinations for in-person registration in the summer and fall. Students must have an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine. “Our new guidelines put public health first and are crucial to maintaining safe, in-person learning,” Chancellor Dannel Malloy said. “I urge everyone to get their booster as soon as they are eligible, test as needed, and stay committed to public and personal health practices to help keep us all safe together.” Officials say they will revise their COVID-19 protocols as needed.

The University of Maine system has announced that it will extend its masking policy to students returning from spring break.

Authorities are extending mask mandates for indoor face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, until April 1 after returning from spring break.

The school system says the extension is intended to maintain protection as students, staff and faculty return to campus.

The University of Maine system will review the requirement before April 1, with a chance to relax parts of it if positive trends continue.

The school system has also announced that it will require up-to-date vaccinations for in-person registration in the summer and fall.

To participate in in-person programming at public universities in Maine, students will need to be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, tetanus/diphtheria. Students must have an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine.

“Our new guidelines put public health first and are crucial to maintaining safe, in-person learning,” Chancellor Dannel Malloy said. “I urge everyone to get their booster as soon as they are eligible, test as needed, and stay committed to public and personal health practices to help keep us all safe together.”

Officials say they will revise their COVID-19 protocols as needed.