MSU lifts outdoor mask mandate


The MSU main library on a sunny morning/ Photo Credit: MSU University Communications

Nathan Stearns, News Director

EAST LANSING— The outdoor mask requirement for the Michigan State community is no more.

On Monday evening, MSU president Samuel L. Stanley Jr. announced that mask wearing will no longer be required outside on MSU premises. The announcement comes as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is allowing for no mask wearing throughout the state if a gathering has less than 100 people.

The East Lansing City Council is also considering a proposal on Tuesday that would rescind the outdoor requirement of wearing masks. If the measure is approved, it would no longer be required to wear a mask in an outdoor public space within the limits of the city, such as a city park.

Face coverings are still required when inside any MSU building or residence hall. In addition, participation in the MSU Early Detection program for COVID-19 is still mandatory for any undergraduate students who are required to attend in-person classes, as well as student employees who will be doing in-person work.

COVID-19 testing hours at Spartan Stadium are also being reduced. Currently, the testing clinic is open from 8:30 a.m.— 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The new hours of 8 a.m.— 12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will take effect on May 17. The clinic will be closed on Tuesday’s  and Thursday’s.