Throughout California, changes are being made to coronavirus guidelines and mandates as students prepare to head back to school for the Fall semester. Colleges and universities have decided to implement past COVID-19 era policies for on-campus students, despite it being over two years since the initial outbreak.
The University of California-Berkeley released its mask guidance for the fall semester this week, and according to the school, “Masks are strongly recommended, but not required, indoors — regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.” While this is not a definite mandate, the University also says, “Masks are required during flu season if not vaccinated for flu.”
This policy seems to raise more questions than answers — specifically regarding the right to private health information, and not to mention, the reason for wearing the mask in the first place.
The University of California-Los Angeles is similarly requiring masks to be worn until further notice. Daily symptom screening will also be necessary for students and faculty, according to UCLA’s most current guidelines, issued in June.
UCLA is following — and adding to — Los Angels County’s current masking guidance. Masks are strongly recommended indoors, but they are required on all public transportation, shelters, and healthcare facilities, per LA County Public Health.
These policies have caused many to wonder if the mandates will ever fully go away in blue areas of the country. In states like Texas and Florida, mask mandates are nonexistent – even on public university campuses.
The University of Texas at Austin, for instance, required students to wear masks as long as they could, but due to Governor Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates on campus, they are no longer enforced.
This isn’t the case in California, however, thanks to Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has never missed an opportunity to enforce rules and restrictions regarding the pandemic.
Stanford University, also in California, made a statement regarding COVID-19 guidance. which comes in light of San Mateo County moving into the “orange” zone, as it pertains to coronavirus, which means cases are considered high.
“Stanford already strongly recommends masking indoors and in crowded outdoor settings, and requires masking in classrooms, healthcare facilities and Marguerite buses,” the university said.
The University will now require mask wearing in all university labs due to the Department of Energy’s restrictions.
All these institutions’ ongoing Covid-19 restrictions are strong evidence the country has yet to see the last of this nightmare.
This should serve as a warning about left-wing governors, universities, and government agencies looking to restrict freedom in a quest to gain more political power. With the midterms just around the corner, it seems the COVID policy debate might make another comeback and end up on the national stage once again.
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