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LCCC Lifts Mask Mandate

Kenneth Wallace | Writer

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) removed their mask mandate on Monday, March 7 in light of the updates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) have made in their masking guidance.

COVID-19 cases in Lehigh, Carbon, and Schuylkill counties have been decreasing. Therefore, the college has decided that individuals may choose to wear a mask but are not required too. LCCC asks students to respect the decisions made by other members of the campus. This update applies to all campus buildings, including Schnecksville, Allentown, and Tamaqua.

Some students did not know about the new mask mandate and were relieved when they found out.

“I didn’t even know,” LCCC student Trey Gower said. “When I first found out, I was walking into class, and everyone had their masks off. It was very relieving for me. I feel LCCC made the right decision.”

Many other schools have also updated their mask policy as well due to the decrease in cases and the updates provided by the CDC and PADOH. Updates can be found on the school’s respective websites. Some of these schools include Lock Haven University, Kutztown University, Northampton Community College, and many more.

LCCC states that people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should continue wearing a mask in buildings. Masks can be found in Public Safety and Human Resources.

LCCC will continue to monitor the guidance of the CDC and will reissue their mask mandate if necessary.


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