UW-Madison to remove on-campus mask requirement on March 12

MADISON, Wis. — Masks will not be required on the UW-Madison campus beginning March 12, officials said Wednesday.

The announcement comes after the UW System said it will roll back mask mandates at its campuses before spring break, as soon as March 1.

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Officials cited falling COVID-19 case rates and high vaccination numbers as reasons for their decision. Dane County announced earlier this week that it will allow its county-wide mask mandate to expire on March 1.

Administrators elected to extend the mandate from March 1 to March 11 to provide consistency throughout midterm exams.

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Those who still want to wear a mask are encouraged to do so, and the school will continue to provide masks to students and staff for free.

The school instituted a mask mandate in August, following the emergence and spread of the COVID-19  delta variant.

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UW extended the mandate in January before students arrived for the Spring semester, following a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.

UW Athletics officials confirmed Wednesday that masks will not be required at on-campus events beginning March 12.