On Monday, Oct. 11, Missouri State University’s new masking policy will go into effect. 

Masks will now only be required in academic buildings, classrooms and clinics across the campus. Previously masks were required in all buildings across the campus without exception.

This change to the policy will allow students to be unmasked in the Plaster Student Union, Foster Recreation Center and dorms.

President Clif Smart said the change was due to lowered case numbers from across Greene County. 

One of the factors to make MSU fully drop the masking mandate includes the weekly averages of cases across Greene County to drop below 40. As of Sept. 30, a little over 43 cases were reported for the week. 

Smart said the decision came since he expects Greene County will be “under the high rate” by Friday. 

As of the week of Oct. 4, there have been three recorded cases among students on campus. For an updated version of MSU’s masking policy, visit here.