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ASU-Newport campuses fully open with masks optional

After more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions, Arkansas State University-Newport campuses are now operating under normal business practices and regulations, the school said in a release.

The ASU System Board of Trustees rescinded the mask mandate at its meeting on June 3, 2021.

“Due to this action, ASU-Newport is following suit and lifting the mask mandates on its three campus locations. Masks are now optional for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Furthermore, classrooms will be arranged back to their previous capacity and will no longer require social distancing among students. Public spaces such as eating areas are now open for normal occupancy,” the school said.

With these precautions being lifted, this now allows visitors and community members to visit the college freely without appointments or pre-authorization.

While the COVID-19 Guide is now inactive, all students, faculty, and staff are still expected to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form if they are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or they test positive for COVID-19.

“This marks a significant step in our return to normalcy, but it’s important to keep in mind COVID-19 remains active in our communities. Please show respect to others as each individual has the right to make their own choices that pertain to their health and safety,” the school noted. “With that, ASUN is excited to welcome students to campus this fall and see the smiling faces of those ready to reach their goals. As we’ve done throughout COVID-19, we will continue to soar together as Aviators.”

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