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Don't lose your mask just yet—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it is now recommending masks in areas that are surging as cases rise nationwide and the Delta variant looms.

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At least 11 Austin businesses require masks as local COVID case counts and related hospitalizations continue to spike upward. (Blue Starlite/Instagram)

Some Austin businesses are reinstating mask mandates after local health officials announced a shift to Stage 4 on Friday.

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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.

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(UT Health Austin)

There are a lot of questions circulating about the pandemic and its impact locally. Each month, Austonia will answer a new batch of them.

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