In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases among students in the Atlanta University Center, Morris Brown College has made the decision to reinstate its mask mandate. This move aims to prioritize the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students within the college community. While some universities and colleges have relaxed their COVID-19 mandates, Morris Brown College recognizes the importance of taking proactive measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Morris Brown College officially announced the reinstatement of its mask mandate through a social media post on August 20. The college cited the rise in positive COVID-19 cases among students within the Atlanta University Center as the primary reason for this decision. Effective immediately, all individuals on campus, including students, employees, and visitors, are required to wear masks.
The college's administration aims to ensure a safe learning and working environment by implementing additional protocols alongside the mask mandate. These protocols include maintaining physical distance, avoiding large gatherings, complying with contact tracing efforts, and practicing proper hygiene, such as regular handwashing and sanitization.
Morris Brown College is not alone in its decision to reinstate COVID-19 mandates. Rutgers University, for instance, continues to require its students to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, despite the vaccines not completely preventing transmission or contraction of the virus. The university's commitment to health and safety has prompted an update to its Immunization Requirements for Students, which now includes the COVID-19 vaccine.
The reimplementation of COVID-19 mandates extends beyond educational institutions. Lionsgate, a major Hollywood studio, has also reinstated masking and daily testing for its Los Angeles office workers. Employees are required to wear medical-grade face coverings and submit to daily COVID-19 testing to ensure a safe working environment.