Southeast Missouri State University institutes temporary mask mandate

The university will require face coverings in all university buildings regardless of vaccination status.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Southeast Missouri State University is instituting a temporary face covering requirement indoors in all university buildings regardless of vaccination status effective Tuesday, Aug. 17.

This guideline will be reevaluated by Sept. 16.

There are some exceptions to the face covering requirement including, but not limited to, in residence hall rooms and floors, while eating and drinking, and while exercising indoors in a campus recreations facility. Face coverings are not required outdoors.

Social distancing limitations are longer in place. Classrooms and other facilities will return to pre-pandemic capacities.

Facilities Management will continue high-touch cleaning and disinfecting practices throughout campus.

Hand sanitizer, face coverings, and disinfecting supplies will remain available at various locations on campus for faculty, staff, and students.

The face covering requirement is not permanent and it will be reevaluated in a few weeks.

Read the Protect the Nest plan.

Southeast has ordered face coverings to make available to faculty, staff, and students. This supply will include a mixture of disposable and cloth face coverings; as well as N95 and KN95 face coverings that will be available in case they are preferred by employees. The availability of distribution plans of those masks will be made public soon.

The university is also offering COVID-19 vaccination events for those who have not yet been vaccinated. They include:

  • Aug. 16, 2-4 p.m. at the International Village Cottage B
  • Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the River Campus Cultural Arts Center Atrium
  • Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the University Center Program Lounge
  • Aug. 30, 12-4 p.m. at the River Campus Cultural Arts Center Atrium
  • Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Towers Complex

A vaccine incentive program will be announce by Aug. 20.

Throughout the semester, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) will continue to meet, and they will continue to review CDC guidance, consult with the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center and other health professionals, and seek feedback from other stakeholders when appropriate to inform our decision-making process.

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