(CBS DETROIT) – The University of Michigan is lifting its mask mandate and wearing a mask will now be optional on all three campuses, except for certain areas, the university announced Wednesday.

Starting May 2, wearing a mask will no longer be required in U of M classrooms or buses for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses.

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Masks will still be required for students, staff, and visitors in patient care areas and COVID-19 testing sites.

University officials said that Michigan Medicine will still maintain its universal masking policy and the medical school will follow its own protocols.

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“As we move into a highly vaccinated, but now mask-optional campus, it’s important to remember some in our community may be at increased risk and may choose to wear a mask to enhance their own personal safety,” said Robert Ernst, director of the COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee and associate vice president of student life for health and wellness.

All three campuses will continue to require the U of M community to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Masks remain an effective measure against the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should remain respectful of others in their choices to either wear or not wear a mask.”

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