President Jim Wohlpart has announced the next steps in CWU’s mask mandate this spring

Libby Williams, Scene Editor

In an email to all students and staff, President Wohlpart announced that at the end of the day on April 8, masks will no longer be required in classrooms and large indoor gatherings (500 or more individuals.)

Until April 8, masks will be required in those settings. However, masks will not be enforced in other indoor settings starting March 19, besides a few exceptions: lab classes that have close contact, public transportation, health and medical facilities and university-owned or contracted vans and buses. These exceptions will also require masks beyond the end of the mandate.

CWU will continue to “hold testing clinics, check our wellness, and monitor transmission rates,” according to the announcement. There will be three testing clinics held in the SURC March 29-31 and a booster clinic on March 29.

Wohlpart stated that CWU “continues to be under the governor’s Higher Education directive, which defines a vaccinated campus and provides guidelines for our operation.” He said any individuals who are not vaccinated will “have their accommodations updated for the spring quarter. Human Resources will be in touch.”

Wohlpart said these decisions were influenced by feedback from students, faculty, exempt employees, classified employees and administrators. He hopes that this update will be “a final act of grace.”