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Austin Peay State University makes changes to Mask, Social Distancing policy

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, Austin Peay State University (APSU) ended its year-long requirement that individuals socially distance themselves and wear facemasks on campus.

Austin Peay State University announces mask and social distancing changes. (APSU)
Austin Peay State University announces mask and social distancing changes. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University originally developed its COVID-19 Coronavirus protocols last year in accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines at the time. 

Recently, the CDC updated its guidelines to say, “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.” Because of those updated federal guidelines, Austin Peay State University moved from operating at a “moderate” risk level to operating under a “normal” risk level.

“For some of you, today’s announcement will come as a relief, while others may feel anxious about the future,” Michael Licari, APSU President, said in a campus email. “In the last several months, Austin Peay and Montgomery County have administered tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines, and I strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Vaccines will continue to be available by appointment through Boyd Health Services.”  

The CDC recommends individuals who are not yet vaccinated continue wearing a mask and engage in social distancing.

“Today marks a major step forward for Austin Peay and our community, and I appreciate everyone’s hard work over the last year as we confronted this global pandemic,” Licari said. “I especially want to thank the COVID Command Team and everyone who assisted with our testing and vaccination sites. These efforts resulted in more than 4,000 vaccination doses.”

For information on the CDC’s new recommendations, visit www.cdc.gov

For more information about COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccines, including information on how to receive a vaccine, visit www.vaccines.gov. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and health insurance is not required.

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