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Masks are now optional on UT's campus. (UT/Instagram)

Students and staff can now be on University of Texas grounds without a mask, according to the latest campus masking guidance released by University President Jay Hartzell.

The guidance states masks are optional inside and outside of UT building, and masks are recommended but still optional for those not fully vaccinated or have a weakened immune system. It goes into effect immediately as Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that bars public schools and government entities from requiring masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of Austin have also released new guidance that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or social distance.

The new guidance will first be noticed at upcoming sporting events and commencement ceremonies.

Down south in San Marcos, Texas State University released the same guidance earlier on Wednesday.


Austin FC fans continue to pack Q2 Stadium, but ticket prices are beginning to tumble as Austin falls in the standings. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Heading to Q2 Stadium? Four months ago, it would've been tough to do so without dropping a pretty penny, but by mid-September, season ticket holders were clamoring to sell their seats for as little as a $10 beer.

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  • 1 1/2 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 4 oz sparkling water
Directions: Just add Tito's Handmade Vodka and sparkling water to a glass with ice. Top with a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

Austin could no longer host the United States Grand Prix if a ten-year contract isn't renewed at Circuit of the Americas. (Circuit of the Americas/Facebook)

In May, Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein looked back on 10 years of Formula 1's U.S. Grand Prix at COTA confident that the race would be here to stay in Texas. But sources tell Austonia that securing another contract may be in jeopardy.

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