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Breaking: LSE announces mask requirement indoors, reaffirms in-person January exams

In an email to the student body, LSE announced changes to its Covid-secure measures on campus. Starting tomorrow, the School will “expect” students and staff to wear masks at all times when indoors in campus buildings, unless they are exempt. 

LSE further stated that the in-person January exams will be administered as planned. Students will be required to wear masks during these exams and present evidence of a negative Covid test. The School will provide further information regarding the January assessments through its FAQ page in the coming week. 

The email stated: “By taking early action – strengthening our measures and following the UK government’s lead, our aim is to slow the spread of COVID and help minimise the need for more intense restrictions over the holidays and into the new year.”

Other campus measures, such as the four-day testing requirement, will stay in place. Social and graduation events will also continue “with increased testing restrictions requiring a valid negative test from the day of, or the day before the event”. 

The announcement comes following the UK government’s introduction of precautionary measures in response to the identification of the Omicron variant in the UK. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Omicron variant, which was first reported in South Africa on 24 November, poses a significant threat globally due to its “highly mutated” nature.

LSE is set to review its Covid measures again on 13 December. 

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