The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees on Wednesday passed a resolution making masks mandatory indoors at all system campuses, divisions and units.
The ruling applies to all students, staff, faculty and guests, regardless of vaccination status, and only in indoor settings where social distancing of at least six feet is not possible in accordance with CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 delta variant.
The resolution states that the ruling will remain in effect as long as face coverings are recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and that policies may be adjusted based on future public health guidance.
The board simply is re-issuing the policy it adopted in May 2020 that stated face coverings would be required indoors where social distancing wasn’t possible, as long as the CDC recommended they be worn inside, which it now does again.
The board’s ruling does not impact attendance at sporting events or require masks at outdoor venues.
Meanwhile, the UA‘s flagship campus in Fayetteville announced Wednesday that it will begin offering vaccination incentives for students.
Weekly drawings for prizes will be held beginning Sept. 1 and continue throughout the fall semester.
Prizes include $500 scholarships, $100 parking permit credits, $100 bookstore gift cards, $100 dining gift cards, Razorback football tickets with a parking pass, a Grand Canyon backpacking trip, a Buffalo River canoe trip and more.