Morris Brown College has notified students and staff of its decision to introduce a strict mask mandate on campus. The mask mandate started at the private school after the constant increase of COVID-19 numbers in Georgia. On Friday, the HBCU sent the unexpected in a letter to faculty, staff and students, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Students and staff must abide by the mask mandate for two weeks.
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Although there have not been positive COVID-19 cases on campus, Morris Brown planned to avoid the possibility of future issues on campus after the news of positive cases occurring at the Atlanta University Center. The notice was posted to Morris Brown’s Instagram account on Sunday.
“Effective immediately, Maurice Brown College has reinstated its COVID-19 mask mandate due to reports of positive cases among students in the Atlanta University Center. Over the next 14 days, the following protocols will be in place,” the statement announced.
The post also included new regulations surrounding mask-wearing, physical distancing, symptom monitoring, hand-washing/sanitization, isolation, quarantining and large gatherings to inform students it will all begin immediately on campus.
“A message to Morris Brown College faculty, staff, and students #TheHardReset,” the post read.
According to the CDC, Georgia has seen an uptick, with 399 cases confirmed and a 29.5 percent in hospitalizations.