The Guardian reports on lack of masks and social distancing as students return to campuses. Closing bars early, mandating masks, setting $500 fines. Itâ€™s not just students; itâ€™s not just a matter of staying away from non-compliant businesses and situations; infection spills over into the community – especially as communities become complacent.
Iowaâ€™s governor, Kim Reynolds, has ordered all bars shut down around the University of Iowa and Iowa State. In Story county, home to Iowa State, 74% of new cases over the past seven days were among people ages 19 to 24, Reynolds said on Thursday. In the same time period, 69% of new cases in Johnson county, the home of the University of Iowa, were in that age group.
â€œIt is increasing the virus activity in the community, and its spilling over to other segments of the population,â€ Reynolds said.
The best word comes from George Handley, campus council chair at BYU:
BYU, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has its own rules requiring masks on campus. Requirements for indoor public spaces in town will help people stay healthy and businesses stay open, Handley said.
â€œThis is actually about preserving our way of life, itâ€™s not about destroying it contrary to what some people say,â€ Handley said.