STARKVILLE — As the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to rise, Mississippi State announced a mask requirement in all campus buildings — including Humphrey Coliseum for men's and women's basketball games.
The mask requirement went into effect Monday and continues until Feb. 1. Fans must wear a mask unless actively eating or drinking.
In October, the university encouraged fans to wear masks to basketball games but didn't require the use of one. The university had temporarily required masks during on-campus indoor activities at the beginning of the 2021 fall semester before those mandates were relaxed.
Students have been on winter break since late December, and classes are set to resume Jan. 18.
Mississippi State is one of the first SEC schools to reinstitute a mask mandate this month, although other universities never relaxed those requirements.
Vanderbilt, for instance, requires proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours to attend games at Memorial Gymnasium this season. Kentucky has also required masks all season.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Mississippi State campus mask mandate returns, including at basketball games