Ball State to drop COVID-19 mask mandate
By Stephanie Wiechmann
Indiana Public Radio
Ball State University is the latest Hoosier public university to drop its COVID-19 indoor face mask mandate.
The Muncie school will stop requiring masks at the end of the business day on Friday, May 4, right as many students are leaving campus for Spring Break.
Ball State is dropping the mandate after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its mask-wearing recommendations. Officials also say the school has considered specific COVID-19 transmission data on campus, vaccination rates, and advice from local health officials.
The university is asking its campus community to “act responsibly” and encouraged unvaccinated people to get vaccinated or to consider continuing to mask up.
As of Wednesday, CDC “by county” guidance continues to list Delaware County under high risk for community COVID spread.
Last month, Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns says COVID vaccinations on campus among most staff and students are high, but lag among service staff. In Delaware County as a whole, 54 percent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.