University of Montana Expands Face Mask Requirements
MISSOULA – The growing number of COVID-19 cases in Missoula County has prompted the University of Montana to temporarily extend its mask requirements to interior spaces on campus.
MU’s COVID response team notes that Missoula County has surpassed previous records of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the total number of new daily cases and the daily average of new COVID-19 cases. More than 80% of active COVID-19 cases are between the ages of 20 and 49.
“While we hope this worrying trend is reversed soon, we also believe we can help with additional mitigation measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 within our university community,” a press release read.
The mask requirement extended to interior spaces on campus, including:
- University buildings, including Missoula College and the West Campus. Research facilities.
- Administrative buildings.
- Mansfield Library.
- Common areas of the residences.
- UM dining rooms (except when actively eating or drinking).
- Public spaces such as the University Center, Adams Center, Schreiber Gymnasium and Lommasson Building.
- Maintenance facilities and buildings.
- Galleries, performance halls and lounges.
- The campus fitness and recreation center.
Although the mask requirement applies to public spaces, it does not include private offices, residence halls, and apartments in UM Housing.
The changes will take effect on Monday, September 20.
“With Missoula’s medical system at full capacity, UM is taking this proactive step to be a strong community partner and prevent the spread of the virus. UM has been extremely pleased with the vast majority of our students doing their part to mitigate COVID-19 on our campus. This temporary change in our mask policy is unanimously supported by the leaders of the shared governance of the UM, our student leaders elected by the ASUM, the administrators, the Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate. “- UM’s COVID response team
Montana State University at Bozeman has also expanded its face mask requirements as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Gallatin County.