WKU announces new mask mandate

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University President, Timothy Caboni announced Wednesday that starting August 9th everyone on Western Kentucky University’s campuses will be expected to wear a mask indoors. 

“I know this will come as a disappointment to some but will allow us to continue with a normal semester in light of the spread of the Delta variant in our communities” said Caboni in a written statement. 

In a statement to WKU faculty, staff and students, Caboni stated “As the COVID -19 pandemic evolves, the Coronavirus Task Force, in coordination with public health officials, continues its work to protect our campus community and preserve the WKU Experience. In the days ahead, the Task Force will release comprehensive guidance for the fall semester.”

The Task Force will continue to monitor appropriate variables and to determine when masking will again become optional for vaccinated individuals.

The statement reads that “WKU’s highest priority has always been the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Vaccines remain one of the strongest deterrents to viral transmission and serious symptoms or complications.”

If you have not yet been vaccinated, appointments can be scheduled with GGC WKU Health Services by calling (270) 745-2272. Other vaccine locations can be found at www.vaccines.gov.