UC Irvine and other schools reinstate indoor mask mandates amid rising COVID-19 wave

The University of California, Irvine on Monday will require all students and staff to wear masks while inside campus buildings, following the lead of other colleges that have chosen to strengthen safety measures in recent weeks as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. UCI’s universal masking policy will apply to everyone on campus regardless of vaccination status, according to a statement from the university. The decision was announced after Orange County on Friday moved into the “high” level of community transmission set by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.