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Fully vaccinated Chico State students may need to wear mask

The state will drop its face mandate this month but it is still unclear if Chico State students will be required to wear face masks.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 5:34 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2021 10:57 AM

CHICO, Calif. - As the state drops its mask mandate this month it is still unclear if students are able to get rid of their masks come the fall semester.

To mask-up or not to mask-up is a popular question for students at Chico State.

"It definitely is confusing just because I obviously don't want to get in trouble if I go on campus without mask,” said Chico State student Sara Mitrano.

"I think it is just really confusing and they should just let us know if we are going to be required to wear a mask or not,” said Chico State student Esmeralda Mejia.

The university says it doesn't know what it is doing just yet due to unclear guidance it received from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

"After what they put out from last night, nothing changes from now until June 15,” said Director for Emergency Operations Michael Guzzi. “But we potentially have some options from distinguishing between vaccinated and unvaccinated after June 15."

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"They shouldn't require it because you can hardly hear people with a mask and being a classroom it will be a lot harder,” said Mejia.

"I would definitely be uncomfortable,” said Mitrano. “It is just not normal to wear a mask sitting in a classroom."

The university conducted a survey that showed 78% of students and faculty will be fully vaccinated for the fall semester.

"It's a very encouraging number,” said Guzzi. “We are very excited about that data and we will continue to try and make some risk-based decisions off that data moving forward."

"Everyone has a choice if they should be vaccinated or not but I think that in order to go back fully in person, they are going to want to see most of the student body vaccinated,” said Mitrano.

Approximately 65% of classes will have an in-person element for the fall semester. 

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