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Illinois updating mask, vaccine guidelines for university-sponsored events

The restrictions are dropping on Feb. 28.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois is updating its mask and vaccine protocols for university-sponsored events.

Beginning Feb. 28, the campus will drop the mask mandate, except in instructional spaces. People attending university-sponsored events will also no longer need to be required to show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test prior to entering.

The change will include men’s basketball games scheduled for March 3 and March 6.

Illinois began requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test at the start of the calendar year. Cases around the state — and across the country — are dropping in recent weeks after the spread of the Omicron variant.