Ball State University is the latest public Hoosier University to drop its COVID-19 mandate for indoor face mask.
Muncie School will stop requiring masks at the end of the workday on March 4, just as many students are leaving campus for Spring Break.
Ball State is dropping the mandate after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its recommendations on wearing a mask. Officials also say the school has considered specific COVID-19 transmission data on campus, vaccination rates and advice from local health officials.
Last month, Indiana University and Purdue University also announced an end to their mask mandates.
Ball State briefly dropped its mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals last June. It reintroduced masks two months later when delta variant cases rose up in Indiana.
The university is asking its campus community to “act responsibly” and urged unvaccinated people to get vaccinated or consider continuing to disguise themselves.
From Wednesday d. CDC “by county” guide continues to list Delaware County at high risk for the spread of COVID in the local community.
Last month, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns said COVID vaccinations on campus are high among most staff and students, but lagging behind service staff. In Delaware County as a whole, 54 percent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.