FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2021
CSI REMOVES MASK MANDATE ON CAMPUS
TWIN FALLS, ID – In light of continuing ready access to vaccines coupled with low infection rates in the Magic Valley, the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) announced today that as of Tuesday, June 1, 2021, facial coverings will no longer be required in CSI facilities. When initially implemented, the facial covering requirement was one of the few methods of protecting the community from the spread of the virus. Now that effective vaccinees are widely available, they have negated the need for the mask mandate.
“As more and more people become fully vaccinated, and infection rates in the Magic Valley remain low, it’s time for the college to adjust accordingly,” said CSI President Fisher. “Individuals may certainly continue to wear masks if they wish to do so, and CSI will remain diligent in taking other precautions to limit the spread of the virus, but by the end of May we no longer feel that it will be necessary to require the wearing of masks in CSI facilities.”
Idahoans (aged 16 and older) now have access to a COVID-19 vaccine, and through partnerships with Kurt’s Pharmacy and the South Central Public Health District, CSI has been able to hold vaccination events on campus for employees, students, and the community. As always, the College will work with local authorities to monitor public health data and will continue to adjust policies accordingly to ensure that CSI facilities remain safe and accessible.