With a new mask mandate on campus and a somewhat vague email about when and where you should wear your masks, there may be a sense of regressing back to last year’s peak pandemic antics. 

However, this is merely an abundance of caution surrounding the up and coming Delta variant and an attempt to keep campus safe. 

I’d like to try to keep in mind that wearing a mask is a small price to pay for safety in an ever-changing situation surrounding a more contagious strain of COVID-19. 

I doubt anyone is excited to wear masks again but I’d have to remind myself that things could definitely be worse. 

The world has definitely adopted a somewhat pessimistic view during the pandemic and so I am hopeful that if we made it through a world-wide pandemic once, we can certainly do it again. 

However, it will never end if not everyone gets vaccinated and until everyone gets vaccinated, there is always the possibility that we will have to go back to masks to protect our most basic right, our health. 

I want to encourage everyone to wear your masks whenever you’re on campus but I also understand that not everyone will comply. 

I can’t control what you do but I do hope you would want to do what is right for the majority of people, wearing your mask at least in indoor spaces, especially in classes, and hopefully in crowded public spaces. 

It’s also difficult because we were all so hopeful for the world in general, not just campus, when we all got vaccinated but we can’t give up hope now. COVID-19 is a disease that we can actually do something about; we don’t have control over a lot of things but we have the power to change at least numbers on our campus. 

If you’re still confused about when you have to wear your mask we have constructed a diagram about when and where you do but remember that wearing a mask as often as you can isn’t going to hurt anyone, it can actually only help. 

Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, get vaccinated, practice healthy practices and enjoy the new school year and know that this won’t last forever. 

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