MSU drops mask requirements except in instructional spaces

Mississippi State University’s COVID-19 Task Force announced Friday [Feb. 11] that effective immediately, MSU (Starkville and Meridian) will only require masks in instructional spaces (classrooms, labs, studios) and the Longest Student Health Center, as was university policy at the end of the Fall 2021 semester.

All other indoor locations will be mask optional. The MSU COVID-19 Task Force made this recommendation based on continued downward trends in COVID-19 cases, positivity, and other metrics on campus. The university will continue to monitor these metrics, which will be re-evaluated weekly while maintaining our continued communication with the leadership of our state’s public health officials.

The university’s goal is to return to normal campus operations as soon as possible. Additional COVID-19 information and resources are available at

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