BREAKING: Cal State LA eases mask mandate indoors


Will Baker

Cal State LA eases mask mandate.

Starting Oct. 1, masks will no longer be required for indoor spaces other than classrooms, labs and the Student Health Center, according to a university-wide email sent today. 

Locations that would no longer require masks include the University Library, dining hall, Student Union, hallways and more. 

The new protocol comes after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health discussed easing mask mandates in California. 

The Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recently moved Los Angeles County into a low zone for COVID-19 activity due to decreasing infection and hospital admission rates.

“I could see why they’re doing it. I mean, everywhere else in L.A., they reduced the mask mandates a lot,” said Marwin Tepanohaya, a mechanical engineering major. “Cal State LA is kind of like one of the only places that have the mask mandate still indoors.”

Those exposed to COVID-19 are still required to wear protective masks for 10 days after exposure.

Some students are unsure about the new mask protocol on campus.

“I think we should still wear masks, even in the library,” Enrique Paredes, a music education major said. “It is still indoors, and it’s more appropriate as opposed to outdoors.”

Daniel Huerta, an industrial technology major, thinks that the current mask mandates should stay in place for a while. 

“I honestly think it’s something to keep until spring because flu season is also coming,” Huerta said.

The protocols are subject to change according to conditions.