Purdue Fort Wayne Ends Face Mask Requirement | 963XKE | Classic Fort Wayne Rock

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – On the recommendation of the PFW Ready Committee and with the full support of university leadership, Purdue Fort Wayne will no longer require the wearing of face masks on campus beginning Monday, March 21.

Face masks will now be optional for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Exceptions are that the Campus Health Clinic and IU Dental Clinic will continue to require face masks until further notice.

The university announced last month that it would relax its face mask requirement for certain parts of campus and that a more in-depth review of the protocol would take place after spring break.

PFW representatives released the following which was provided to members of the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus community on Thursday afternoon:

This decision is based on the fact that Indiana and Allen County continue to experience significant declines and very low COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates. Self-reported cases on campus continue to decline and there was no increase in reported cases on campus after spring break.

In addition, the university will implement several other recommendations made by the PFW Ready Committee:

Pausing weekly PFW Ready Q&A sessions, starting this Friday, March 18
Pausing the online COVID-19 data dashboard, effective this Friday, March 18
End of the PFW Ready committee after its April 6 meeting
Continue with COVID-19 point of contact (Jeff Malanson) until at least this summer
Continue to maintain the PFW Ready website at least until this summer
Any members of the University community who wish to continue wearing face masks are certainly encouraged to do so. Free N95 face masks are still available by showing your campus ID card at the Rhinehart Music Center Schatzlein box office. The opening hours of the ticket office are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students can also pick up free N95 masks at the Student Housing Clubhouse.

If you haven’t already, Purdue Fort Wayne strongly recommends that all students and employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The PFW Ready website will continue to have the latest information related to the university’s ongoing response to COVID-19. Important information will also be communicated through the Inside PFW (for faculty and staff) and Don Life (for students) newsletters.

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