WSU removes outdoor mask mandate in accordance with state guidelines

Individuals must still screen themselves for symptoms, take necessary precautions before entering campus facilities

LIAM CONNORS, Evergreen reporter

WSU will remove the mask mandate for large outdoor events effective Friday.

The change is happening in accordance with updated Washington state guidelines, according to a WSU press release

Individuals must still screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and take necessary precautions before entering campus facilities in order to comply with Washington’s Roadmap to Recovery

Individuals should ask themselves the following questions: 

  • Do you have cold- or flu-like symptoms? 
  • Have you been in contact with somebody who is confirmed to have COVID-19? 
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 5-10 days? 

Anyone who answers yes to one or more of the three questions above should fill out WSU’s Quarantine and Isolation Guidance Tool and follow the steps from there.

At-home tests do not grant permission to return to campus, as these tests still have questionable reliability in the earliest stages of infection, according to the press release.

Masks will still be required for all indoor WSU facilities, according to the press release. Higher-quality masks like KN95, KF94 and N95s are preferred.