Breaking News: CSUB no longer requires indoor masks


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Adeli Arvizu, Staff Writer

CSU Bakersfield’s President’s Cabinet sent out an email notifying the school that the Bakersfield campus and the Antelope Valley campus will no longer be requiring indoor masks starting Monday, March 28.
The President’s Cabinet determined last month to put an end to the outdoor mask requirement, however, with the current announcement the entire school can now access any part of the campus without a mask.
The email says that the decision was made through working with the Kern County Public Health Services Department and having verified that COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates in Kern County are decreasing. CSUB’s high vaccination rates were also a key factor, along with recommendations of the updated instructions and information by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Though we feel confident in our decision, we must emphasize that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. Vigilance is required to keep case rates low and continue the progress we’re seeing,” the President’s Cabinet wrote in the email.
Furthermore, the importance of making sure to take precautions by washing hands, staying home if sick, etc. is still necessary. The email emphasizes that both CSUB and the CDC still highly recommend continuing the wearing of masks and that the school’s COVID-19protocols are still being applied.
“Campus community, if there is one thing we have learned during the pandemic, it is that we must be flexible and adaptable as conditions evolve. As we continue to learn to live with COVID-19, there might be additional changes to CSUB policies and the need to pivot,” the President’s Cabinet wrote in the email.
For more information about COVID-19 and the campus’s protocols, students and faculty can visit the CSUB website under the frequently asked questions and resources section.