Austin-Travis County extends mask mandate to public colleges

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The city of Austin and Travis County on Friday extended their orders, which require masks in public schools, to public colleges as well.

This means that students, staff and visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering on school property or on school buses during stages 3, 4 and 5 of the COVID-19 guidelines. ‘Austin Public Health Risk-Based.

The order includes all public schools, public charter schools and public colleges, according to the joint city / county announcement.

The order also applies to city and county buildings. These rules take effect immediately, the city said.

A Travis County District Judge on Friday ruled in favor of the local mandate of the mask in public schools, blocking Gov. Greg Abbott’s order preventing local authorities from adopting such measures.

Public colleges in the Austin area include the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Community College.

The CCA has already joined the mandate of the masks. The college said its board met on Friday and voted unanimously to approve the face covering guidelines for the fall semester 2021.

The mask mandate for all ACC buildings will begin on August 20.

Additional security measures the college is taking include reducing the number of students / employees on campus and holding many online courses from August 23 to September 12. health screening app.

Learn more about ACC protocols on its website here.

St. Edward’s University, although it is a private college in Austin, also requires masks in all indoor public spaces on campus, regardless of immunization status. The university also requires vaccine documentation or an approved exemption for all students, faculty, and staff.

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