Face coverings will no longer be required on Central Lakes College campuses, as of Friday, March 4.
The move follows recently updated CDC guidance. The CDC updated the metrics used to inform their mitigation recommendations, including masks. The levels are based on a mix of case rates, total new COVID-19 admissions over 7 days, and the 7-day average of percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied. This has allowed MDH and Minnesota State to make changes in its pandemic mitigation strategies.
“Although the masking requirement is being lifted, it’s important to remember that employees, students and community members may choose to continue wearing face coverings,” said CLC President Hara Charlier. “Masks will no longer be required, but they are certainly welcome.”
In addition, the updated CDC guidance recommends that individuals who are immunocompromised or at a high risk for severe disease should talk to their healthcare provider about whether masks or other precautions are warranted.
The CDC has not updated its masking guidance for healthcare and clinical settings. As a result, campus clinical settings, such as student health centers and dental clinics will remain subject to indoor masking requirements.
The college will continue other precautions, for the time being, such as limiting group events with 50 percent capacity limits to allow for social distancing.
CLC will continue to monitor data and reassess after spring break to determine if further adjustments are warranted.
“We are cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of a trend toward a sense of relief and normalcy,” Charlier said. “We also know that some level of uncertainty will continue to be part of this pandemic. As always, we’ll approach this carefully with a deep commitment to keeping people safe and being exciting to help students ‘build their futures.’”