Alabama students stay hopeful as mask mandate nears end
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
The University of Alabama announced on Feb. 15 that it’s ending the mask mandate for indoor locations and will be effective starting Monday, Feb. 21.
UA said it’s ending the mandate because of a major decrease in case numbers and the widespread availability of vaccinations across campus.
UA student Daniel Burleson said he’s looking forward to the mandate ending because it will begin feeling like normal again.
“I think it’s going to be good being able to walk into the classroom, not having to wear masks and being able to go back to how things were before the pandemic,” said Burleson. “I’m sure the university will continue to monitor the severity of the virus, but I’m really glad they decided to uplift some of the COVID requirements.”
Another UA student, Catherine Weed, said she’s looking forward to next week.
“I think class will start to feel like it was before the pandemic,” said Weed.
Shelton State Community College announced the end of its mask mandate yesterday, Feb. 15. Their mandate’s removal was effective that day, and some students say they’re wondering why UA is holding off until Monday.
“I think the mask mandate ending will be beneficial for learning and will feel like normal again,” said UA student Shelby Smith. “I’m not sure why they’re waiting until Monday, but I am excited that they’re trying to move forward while being safe.”
Masks will still be required in health care areas like University Medical Center and on public transportation because of federal mandates.
If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms, UA encourages students, faculty and staff to get tested.
Those who are at a heightened risk level are encouraged to continue wearing a mask and ensure vaccinations are up to date.