LSU students feel ‘normal’ after university lifts mask mandate

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — On Tuesday, LSU President Dr. William Tate lifted the university’s mask mandate after seeing high COVID-19 vaccination rates on campus.

In late October, Governor John Bel Edwards lifted the statewide mask mandate. LSU continued its mandate for several weeks. Now, President Tate said recommendations from the university’s Health and Medical Advisory Committee suggest it is okay to take off the mask indoors.

“I’m just excited to see everyone’s faces and get to know people more without it,” said LSU freshman Cristina Arguelles.

Some students said campus feels back to normal without a mask.

“Now that they’re gone it’s just completely different,” said LSU freshman Logan Voore.

Javon Trel, a freshman at LSU, said he is choosing to mask up just a bit longer.

“I feel like every time they see the trends go down then they release the mask mandate and let everyone go and it goes right back up and it’s like a repeated process,” he said. “I feel like they should just keep it with the mask mandate.” 

LSU Student Body President Javin Bowman is working with the governor’s office to increase vaccination rates across the state.

According to LSU’s COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard, 84 percent of students and 78 percent of employees are vaccinated.

“We started shifting our focus on getting people the booster shot because for most people it’s about to hit that six-month period,” Bowman said.

Bowman said he hopes lifting the mask mandate will allow students to return to having the full Tiger experience. 

“It’s almost crazy how many faces I’ve seen today because I’ve missed that,” he said.

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