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Wake Tech Requiring Masks Indoors

College Responds to Latest COVID Guidance

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 3, 2021) – Due to the recent rise in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Wake Technical Community College will again require all employees, students and visitors to wear masks in indoor spaces, on all campuses and centers. The new policy, effective immediately, applies to anyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be removed when in a private office or cubicle, or when actively eating and drinking. Masks are not required in outdoor spaces on campus.

“While we have turned a corner in our ‘nudge toward normalcy,’ the latest spike in COVID cases reminds us that the pandemic is not over,” said Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. “From the beginning, we’ve had two goals: keeping our campus community safe while allowing students to reach their education goals. Our hope is that the combination of masks and vaccinations will prevent the need for more stringent safety measures.”

Wake Tech is currently offering in-person, online and hybrid classes for the fall semester, which starts August 16. While masks will be required in classrooms and labs, no other changes are being made to in-person instruction at this time. Applications for fall continue to be accepted at apply.waketech.edu. Student support and resources are available on campus and online. Appointments can be made at virtualsupport.waketech.edu.

Wake Tech continues to encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccination as the best way to guard against the virus. The college will partner with Activate Good to offer a pop-up vaccination clinic on Wednesday, September 1st, from 3­–7 p.m., at the Beltline Education Center. Vaccines are also available at no charge at more than 200 health care providers’ offices in Wake County, by appointment or walk-in. Learn more about clinic schedules at WakeGov.com/vaccine.

The college also encourages faculty, staff and students to follow other health and safety recommendations such as washing hands frequently and avoiding large gatherings. Disposable masks are available on campus, at welcome desks, cashiers offices and libraries, for anyone who needs one.

Wake Tech will continue to monitor state and local data and follow the guidance of health officials, adjusting its health and safety protocols as needed. Students and employees will be notified of any changes.