The University of California restored its indoor mask mandate on Thursday.
“The past few weeks have revealed a consistent rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and on our campus. Last week alone, UCLA had close to 870 new cases, which, per the UCLA COVID-19 Pivot Matrix (PDF), would place us at the ‘severe’ level,” said a letter announcing the mandate.
The letter outlined limited cases where masks may be removed: performance arts rehearsals and performances, indoor dining and when alone in one’s room.
At commencement, June 10-12, all attendees must wear masks indoors, but speakers may remove their masks for their addresses and graduates “may momentarily remove their masks while walking across the stage and while being photographed on or adjacent to the stage,” the letter said. (UCLA operates on a quarter system, and the spring quarter classes are not over until June 3.)
The university also said weekly testing for COVID-19 will continue until June 15.