Life for Louisiana State University students just got a little easier, with the school announcing on Friday it will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative test against COVID-19 to enter its stadium.
The Baton Rouge school will remove its requirements beginning Oct. 16, when the team faces off against the Florida Gators. The decision comes as Louisiana is seeing less than 5% of COVID-19 tests returning positive results.
"Active COVID cases continue to decline in our community, proving that what we’re doing is working," LSU President William F. Tate IV said in a Thursday statement. "We’re not out of the woods yet, but we’re in a good position thanks to [the students'] efforts."
While Tiger Stadium will no longer require the vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test, students will still be required to wear masks in any indoor part of the stadium. Once students are seated in the stadium, they are free to take their masks off.
In addition to the amount COVID-19 cases decreasing, COVID-19 vaccination is increasing. As of Thursday, more than 83% of LSU students and 75% of the school's faculty and staff have been vaccinated, the school's president added.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis