Update: March 3, 10:30 a.m.
Texas State will keep its mandatory face covering policy and classroom capacity restrictions in place through the end of the semester following Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.
In a campus-wide email from University President Denise Trauth on March 3, Trauth states the university will continue to follow guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) which recommends face coverings and other safety protocols in public schools.
"We will continue to receive guidance on this issue from The Texas State University System Office of General Counsel, but at this time, we intend to keep our health and safety precautions in place through the end of the semester," Trauth says in the email.
Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order, which removes the state's mask mandate and lifts capacity restrictions for businesses, allows public schools to operate under the guidance issued by TEA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends individuals wear face masks covering their face and nose in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The CDC recently discovered combining a disposable mask under a cloth mask with multiple fabric layers could dramatically reduce the spread of the virus.
Texas State is in the process of reviewing Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order lifting the state-wide mask mandate and capacity restrictions but will continue to require students and faculty to wear face masks and social distance on campus.
In a campus-wide email from University President Denise Trauth, Trauth states the Texas State University System Office of General Counsel is in the process of reviewing the executive order which is slated to go into effect on March 10.
In addition, Trauth states until guidance from the counsel is received, Texas State "will continue to follow our 12 Health & Safety Guidelines, including wearing face coverings while on our campuses and our existing density limits."
The University Star will update this story with more information as it becomes available.