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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota announced Monday that face masks will be required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors in any indoor space on campus, effective July 1.

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On June 2, the university had announced initial guidance regarding masks on campus. Since then, research and advice from medical experts and public health officials has continued to evolve.

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Health leaders say that wearing a face covering provides valuable protection against the spread of COVID-19. And these precautions are important because individuals can carry COVID-19 with no apparent symptoms — so face coverings can reduce the possibility that individuals unknowingly infect others.

Experts have also noted that extra precautions may be appropriate in communities that have higher levels of COVID-19 spread or risk of spread because of larger populations, living environments, etc. Therefore, the University of Minnesota decided to take precautions accordingly.

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The full face covering protocol can be found at the Return to Campus website.