ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca College has reinstituted its mask mandate for indoor spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status. The move comes in response to a steady climb in local coronavirus cases, which is now up to 73 active after weeks of single-digits.

According to the school, as of July 30, eight of those cases were IC students, though none of them live on campus. The school insisted, like Cornell University, that the re-implementation of the mask mandate would not impact its plans for reopening in the coming weeks for Fall semester.

“Although we do not anticipate any changes to our campus opening plans for the fall semester, this rise in cases is a stark reminder of our collective responsibility to help ensure a vibrant and engaging community this year,” states the letter. “This applies to the choices that we make about our behaviors both on and off-campus. In addition, widespread participation in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine by members of our campus community continues to be the best way to mitigate the most severe impacts of the pandemic.”

The school didn’t rule out putting in further precautionary measures to hopefully prevent spread. Earlier, it had announced that it would require vaccines for students to return to on-campus learning.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com