FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State University will require fans to wear masks in indoor spaces at Canvas Stadium and Moby Arena while attending football and volleyball games this fall but has no plans to limit attendance or require social distancing, athletic director Joe Parker said Wednesday.
CSU instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate Wednesday for all faculty, staff and students on campus along with a new mask mandate requiring everyone on campus — regardless of their vaccination status — to wear masks that cover their mouth and nose in all indoor spaces where others are present.
Fall-semester classes at CSU are scheduled to begin Aug. 23, and plans call for most to be offered on campus, in person.
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The new rules were put in place “to respond to rapidly unfolding impacts of increasing confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the spread of the Delta variant,” CSU President Joyce McConnell and Provost and Executive Vice President Mary Pedersen wrote in an email sent Wednesday to the campus community.
Parker followed that up with a statement posted on the school’s athletic website later in the day telling fans “that your participation with Colorado State Athletics is essential.”
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