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The University of Texas at Austin will require students, faculty and staff to wear masks inside campus buildings when the fall semester begins, interim President Jay Hartzell wrote in an email to the community, the Texas Tribune reports:


UT-Austin appears to be the first university in the state to implement a mandatory face mask policy for the fall semester. In an email to the UT community, Hartzell said students and faculty may remove their face coverings in a campus building if they are alone in a private office or in their residence hall room. Masks will be encouraged in outdoor areas of campus, and enforcement measures will be announced later.

UT will also screen for symptoms as people enter buildings and provide testing for those who are asymptomatic, according to the Tribune.

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