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McDonald’s Will Require All Customers To Wear Masks Inside Its U.S. Restaurants

McDonald’s will require customers inside all of its U.S. restaurants to wear masks or face coverings beginning Aug. 1.

The massive fast-food chain announced the decision Friday in a company letter, framing it as a necessary step in the nationwide effort to check the spread of COVID-19.

The company said it would also install protective panels throughout its dining and cooking areas, and said it has delayed reopening dining rooms for an additional 30 days.

“The latest science suggests droplets have the potential to stay in the air for extended periods of time, increasing the risk of virus spread, especially from asymptomatic carriers,” the letter, co-authored by McDonald’s USA President Joe Erlinger, reads. “As a result, the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reiterates face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“To that end, and in order to protect the safety

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Some schools will require COVID-19 waivers before students can return to class, sports

Some school districts are requiring parents to sign COVID-19 waivers before their children can attend in-person classes or participate in sports this fall.

School systems in Florida, Missouri and South Carolina have already introduced the documents, multiple news outlets reported.

In the St. Louis and Tampa areas, some schools are requiring waivers for students who choose to participate in athletics or other activities after school, KSDK and WTSP reported.

And outside of Charleston, South Carolina, the Berkeley County School District requires parents to sign a waiver if they want their children to attend classes on campus, according to WCSC.

Why do schools have waivers?

Across the country, schools closed their campuses last semester to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Several districts are now weighing whether to have in-person or online learning.

Some school leaders have said their districts added waivers to inform parents of the risks of returning

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After pushback from professors, Georgia university system will require masks after all

The University System of Georgia will now require face masks on campus as schools plan to welcome back students this fall.

As COVID-19 cases continue to trend in the wrong direction, the USG says it will require students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear a face covering inside campus buildings. Mask use will be in addition to, and not a substitute for safe social distancing, the system said Monday.

“Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area,” according to a news release. “Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students.”

The new policy takes effect July 15, and excludes areas such as dorm rooms, enclosed offices and suites.

The move comes amid mounting pushback from hundreds of Georgia Tech professors, who, in a strongly worded letter,

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