Alabama students celebrate mask mandate’s end

University Of Alabama Quad

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Kennedy Chase

Students, faculty and staff on the University of Alabama campus can look one another in the face once more after the end of the school’s COVID-19 mask mandate Nov. 5

Anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask unless in designated areas or while eating, and everyone is required to wear masks in clinical settings and on public transportation. You can view the rules right here.

Sophomore architectural engineering student Priscilla York said she is happy the masks are finally off.

“I really enjoy it,” York said. “I think there’s more of a personal aspect between the students and with the professors. You just get to know everyone a lot better, and it feels more real in class”

Senior journalism and creative media student Jacob Orr said he’s indifferent about the situation.

“I’m glad we are returning to normal but I also like to wear my mask just so I can keep myself safe,” Orr said.

Although masks are no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated, some students and faculty said their masks aren’t coming off any time soon.

Junior public relations student Kayla White said she wishes masks were still required.

“I’m personally not in favor of the no masks in the classrooms,” White said. “I still wear my mask in class. Not only because of COVID-19 but  things like the flu, strep throat, the common cold. I just want to be protected from those so that’s why I still wear my mask.”

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