Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Mayo Clinic has announced plans to ease its universal masking requirement for most areas across its campuses. 

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The Rochester-based healthcare provider announced the update to the policy on Tuesday. A statement from Mayo says the change is prompted by “consistently low rates of hospitalizations, mortality and community transmission levels of COVID-19 observed at most Mayo Clinic locations.” 

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Starting Monday April 10, face masks will no longer be required at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System campuses. Mask wearing will still be required in high-risk patient settings. 

Officials say high-risk, immunocompromised patients will be notified to wear a mask while they’re at a Mayo Clinic facility. Mayo says they’ll support anyone who still decides to wear a mask once the requirement is rolled back.

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