University reinstates indoor mask requirement for School of Law in response to increased cases

On Wednesday, April 13, Wake Forest announced a temporary indoor mask requirement for the School of Law, beginning Thursday, April 14, in response to a recent uptick of cases in the school. The mask requirement also applies to outside guests or speakers in the School of Law.

Wake Forest leaders made the decision in consultation with Dr. Christopher Ohl of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Dr. Cecil Price of Student Health Service. This requirement will remain in effect while the University monitors cases in the law school community.

At this time, no other areas of the Wake Forest community are experiencing an uptick in cases based on Student Health Service and BestHealth data. Wake Forest will continue to monitor this information closely.

The decision to reinstate masking in response to data particular to a location on campus marks a new phase in the University’s pandemic response.

“As I have said many times this year, we know how to do this,” President Susan R. Wente said. “Masking is one of the tools in our toolkit in responding to what we see in our case data. We can use it or other mitigation strategies, as warranted by our public health conditions.”

The University continues to monitor cases and provide data on the Our Way Forward dashboard.

As a reminder, faculty and staff outside the School of Law may continue to request that students and colleagues wear masks in their respective classrooms, conference rooms and individual offices as outlined in the March 1 message to the university. Masks will continue to be required in healthcare facilities, on University transportation and under the circumstances outlined in the message.