Central Lakes College no longer requires face coverings

Clinical settings will still require masks.


BRAINERD — Face coverings are no longer required on Central Lakes College campuses.

The move follows recently updated Centers for Disease Control guidance. The CDC updated the metrics used to inform mitigation recommendations, including masks. The levels are based on a mix of case rates, total new COVID-19 admissions over seven days, and the seven-day average of percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied.

This has allowed the Minnesota Department of Health and the state to make changes in pandemic mitigation strategies.

“Although the masking requirement is being lifted, it’s important to remember that employees, students and community members may choose to continue wearing face coverings," CLC President Hara Charlier said in a news release. "Masks will no longer be required, but they are certainly welcome.”

In addition, the updated CDC guidance recommends that individuals who are immunocompromised or at a high risk for severe disease talk to their health care provider about whether masks or other precautions are warranted.


The CDC has not updated its masking guidance for health care and clinical settings. As a result, campus clinical settings, such as student health centers and dental clinics, remain subject to indoor masking requirements.

The college will continue other precautions, for the time being, such as limiting group events with 50% capacity limits to allow for social distancing.

CLC will continue to monitor data and reassess after spring break to determine if further adjustments are warranted.

“We are cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of a trend toward a sense of relief and normalcy," Charlier said. "We also know that some level of uncertainty will continue to be part of this pandemic. As always, we’ll approach this carefully with a deep commitment to keeping people safe and being exciting to help students 'build their futures.'”

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