Purdue University officials said Thursday they plan to keep current COVID-19 measures in place on campus “at least” through May commencement.
Earlier this week, Governor Eric Holcomb announced the state will be lifting its statewide mask mandate on April 6th, changing it to a mask “advisory”.
Tippecanoe County Health officials have raised concerns about the mask mandate being lifted, even as West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis suggested that the city would likely follow the state’s lead.
But a spokesperson for the university said in a statement that social distancing, limits on gathering, and masking requirements will remain in place on Purdue’s campus.
“We look forward to days, hopefully soon, when we can all be even more active, connected, and near-normal here,” the statement said. “In order to protect the Purdue community and its neighbors until that time, Purdue will continue to operate according to the Protect Purdue Pledge.”
The spokesperson encouraged Purdue faculty, staff, and students to get vaccinated as soon as possible, noting the school still hopes to operate a vaccination site once vaccine supply allows.