Last week Ohio University secretly announced the return of their COVID mask mandate, “Beginning Tuesday, June 21, 2022, masks are required” Once again at Ohio University. Only students with in-person summer classes were informed of this via email, because Ohio University knows how unpopular and ineffective mask mandates are so they obviously don’t want more people to know they are back.
If Ohio University thought mask mandates are effective or popular they would have informed the entire Athens community about its return and the increased level of COVID cases in Athens county.
You can see on Ohio University’s website that unlike previous mask mandates, there is no official public announcement.
You can see on Ohio University’s COVID Instagram page that unlike previous mask mandates, there is no official public announcement.
So Ohio University is continuing to do something they know is so ineffective and unpopular that they decided not to publicly tell anyone about it. Think about that…
To make matter worse:
Ohio University’s Mask Policy Violates the law and the CDC guidance on masking.
OU claims “based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Community Levels.” Let’s see if that’s true: According to Ohio University’s Mask Policy mask mandates “are required” at High and Medium Level. The policy even says at the low level some will be discriminately “required” to mask.
if you follow the link OU provides to the CDC’s Community Level guidance. You will see at the bottom of the page the CDC put in BOLD: “At all levels, people can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk.“
Ohio University’s mask policy is CLEARLY NOT “based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Community Levels.” as they claim.
It was pretty obvious at the beginning of March when Ohio University updated this masking policy that they would return the anti-science, ineffective mask mandates, but many may be surprised to find out that they brought it back in secret in the middle of the summer when in-person activity on campus is the lowest by far. Masks will surely be required still when the fall semester begins and testing once again spikes.
What can you do to fight this discriminatory anti-science mask policy?
Our lawsuit remains open against Ohio University, we have already spent tens of thousands on the legal battle and we are still raising money for our legal fund. You can click the button below to help our legal battle but that’s not all you can do.
The best thing you can do to fight this, is not comply with a policy that lies about CDC guidance and ignores federal law. The FDA classifies ALL masks as Medical Devices which are only Authorized for emergency use. FDA Guidance and Federal law requires the right to refuse an Emergency Use Authorized product like masks. The CDC even boldly states “At all levels, people can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk.“
Ohio University clearly already knows masks are unpopular and ineffective. Ohio University has already admitted to The Post that it can not enforce their vaccine mandate and later dropped it. Ohio University can not enforce their anti-science, illegal, and discriminatory mask mandate either if the community does not comply.
There are also plenty of reasons now OU will allow you to not wear a mask. (COVID must not spread in these situations).
If Ohio U was truly “proud” of their public health responses like they have previously claimed why would they not publicly announce the return of masks?
Let’s help them announce this to the public like they failed to do, remember to share this page.