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ECU requiring masks indoors regardless of vaccination status

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 2:20 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 2:23 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Starting Wednesday, East Carolina University will require everyone to wear masks inside all campus buildings.

The university says it comes as the Delta variant has increased cases here in Eastern Carolina.

ECU says the only exceptions are if people are alone in a private, enclosed residence hall room, apartment, or office with the door closed, in an enclosed indoor space where only household members are present, or you are actively eating or drinking.

One professor here at ECU said she’s just happy to have classes back in person.. whether that means wearing a mask or not

The university says masks are not required outside for those vaccinated, but they are encouraged, especially in large crowds.

ECU says testing is required for every on-campus resident unless they have provided proof of vaccination or are part of another campus testing program.

All other on-campus residents will have to get tested during Move-In Fall 2021.

Ongoing COVID-19 testing will happen throughout the semester, with 50% of the eligible population being tested each week and testing will occur throughout the semester for students living in residence halls unless they have proof of vaccination.

ECU says vaccinations are available for students and staff on campus through ECU’s student health services.

Vaccinated faculty may remove their masks while teaching as long as three to six feet of physical distancing is maintained between them and others

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