UA requiring higher-grade masks for spring semester in response to omicron

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 1:10pm

The University of Arizona has updated its COVID-19 protocols in response to the omicron variant about a week before its spring semester starts.

One of the biggest changes to the U of A’s mitigation plan is that all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear surgical — or higher-grade — masks such as a KN95 in indoor spaces at all campus locations where continuous physical distancing cannot be maintained. Campus signage will be updated to indicate spaces where masks are required.

Cloth masks will no longer meet the university’s requirement, said UA President Robert Robbins said in a Thursday statement

Surgical masks will be available for free at classroom and building entrances, or through building managers. 

Robbins is also encouraging students and employees to get tested for COVID weekly and get vaccinated.

Dorm residents are required to get tested before they return or when they first arrive back to campus. The university offers free testing options such as: 

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