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Murray State Lifts Mask Mandate For Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Courtesy of Murray State University

Murray State University (MSU) announced in an email Friday morning fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear a mask or physically distance on campus, while other Kentucky universities are still discussing the possibility.


The news follows Thursday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting” and “can refrain from testing following a known exposure” under most circumstances.


Gov. Andy Beshear also announced Kentucky would immediately adhere to the CDC’s updated guidelines. 


In a Friday morning press conference, Beshear said Kentucky will reinstate 100% capacity for all venues and events and lift the mask mandate for everyone on June 11, with some exceptions for places and people vulnerable to the virus. 


Other regional educational institutions, including the University of Kentucky, are currently discussing whether they will lift the mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals on their campuses, spokespersons for those institutions said. Western Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System lifted their mask mandates Friday for fully vaccinated individuals.


MSU announced additional actions will come as the CDC offers further guidance.


This story was updated at 2:41 p.m. CST to include new information from KCTCS.

Dustin Wilcox is a television production student at Murray State University. He graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 2019.
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