University of Montana to lift mask mandate in March

MISSOULA — The University of Montana reports that the mask mandate will become a recommendation on March 3.

Masks are currently required in UM classrooms and teaching labs.

UM says that on March 3, there will be a few exceptions to the mask mandate, including the following:

  • Masks will continue to be required inside the Curry Health Center and at campus medical clinics. These areas will have the requirement clearly displayed.
  • The Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded the face mask requirement for individuals on all transportation systems across the United States, including at airports, on board commercial aircraft, in road buses and on the bus and commuter rail systems until March. 18, 2022.

UM said that while masks are not required, students, employees and visitors wishing to wear a mask can pick up disposable or reusable masks at various locations on campus, including most Student Services offices and the Griz Card office at the University Center.
UM says masks are recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially for those who are:

  • Have symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19
  • Close contacts with positive and unvaccinated cases
  • Returning from travel to areas of high COVID-19 transmission
  • Have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and/or are at high risk due to medical conditions, medical history or are immunocompromised

Data from the Missoula City-County Health Department showed there were 14 active cases of COVID-19 associated with the University of Montana on Thursday.

The Curry Health Center is offering free COVID-19 testing to students who show symptoms of coronavirus. Students should call 406-243-2122 to schedule an appointment before showing up.

The Curry Health Center Health Services Pharmacy offers COVID-19 vaccines weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Additional information about COVID-19 in Um can be found at https://www.umt.edu/coronavirus/default.php

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