UW continues mask policy partly because of the Omicron variant

(Laramie, Wyoming) The University of Wyoming decided this week to continue with the current mask policy as classes resume on January 18th. Currently, masks are required inside school buildings as well as when maintaining a 6ft social distance from other people is not possible. 

Exceptions being voluntary public events such as athletic events and performances. Other exemptions are employees and students who have reasonable medical excuses not to wear a mask.

UW President Ed Seidel said, “If conditions are such that removal of the indoor mask requirement is warranted in February, that’s what we intend to do.”


As for vaccinations, the University strongly recommends vaccinations including booster shots, but does not require them for students, but does require vaccinations or weekly testing for employees in the Early Care and Education center. There are religious and medical exemptions for these positions. 

“We should know a lot more by the board’s February meeting regarding the prevalence of the coronavirus in our community, the dangers of the Omicron and the effectiveness of the vaccines to protect against it,” President Seidel said. 


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