UTRGV won’t lift mask mandate and social distance rule


Full opening of Texas businesses and the lift of mask mandate is four days away, but that will not yet be effective in some Public spaces. 

One of those spaces keeping all COVID 19 protocols is The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where for the past year since the beginning of the pandemic has kept an average of 10-20% occupancy of their 40,000 total between faculty and students. 

“I think the protocols that we have in place and the fact that our students faculty and staff have bought into them and have cooperated with them is a big reason why our university has continued to operate safely and successfully,”

Patrick Gonzales, the university’s associate vice-president for marketing and communications said.

“The current status of COVID in the region, the positivity rate is still high, the death rate is still high. It just only made sense for us to continue, moving forward.”

Gonzales adds that UTRGV will continue to implement current COVID-19 protocols until everyone in Rio Grande Valley, both students and adults can get vaccinated.


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