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The University of California, Los Angeles has reinstated an indoor mask policy in light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and on campus.

As the number of cases continues to rise, the university has opted to conduct the latter part of its spring term while wearing masks during all indoor activities, including lectures.

“Last week alone, UCLA recorded nearly 870 new cases, which UCLA’s pivotal COVID-19 matrix would put us at the ‘severe’ level,” the vice chancellor said. UCLA Michael J. Beck and Professor Megan McEvoy, co-chairs of the UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force in a letter sent to school staff and student body. “It is important for us to respond to current trends so that we can reduce the risk of infection without disrupting in-person learning and campus activities, including commencement celebrations.”

With less than a month to go until commencement ceremonies begin on June 9, students and parents will be required to wear masks for any indoor graduation ceremonies, although graduates are permitted to remove them temporarily when walking through the stage to accept their degrees or to photograph opportunities adjacent to the stage.

The mask mandate is set to last until June 15.

Beck and McEvoy also urged students to reconsider holding indoor events off campus.

The university previously lifted requirements for indoor masks at the start of the spring term.