NU Regent Pillen opposes UNL mask mandate

"My expectation, and that of Nebraska taxpayers, is full in-person learning without mandates that violate our personal freedoms," wrote Jim Pillen.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Univesity of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen says he opposes the school’s recently announced mask mandate and testing policies.

In a statement released to Twitter on Wednesday, Pillen says he opposes mask mandates, COVID-19 vaccination mandates, vaccine passports and mandatory testing policies.

“All Nebraskans should have the freedom to make the right decisions for themselves and their families. I have long opposed mandates at the University of Nebraska, and I’ll continue to oppose them,” wrote Pillen.

UNL will require masks during the spring semester. The university decided to implement the mandate due to recent concerns with the omicron variant. UNL says masks will be required indoors, including UNL events until further notice.

“My expectation, and that of Nebraska taxpayers, is full in-person learning without mandates that violate our personal freedoms,” wrote Pillen.

Along with masks, UNL requires one round of re-entry testing for all students, faculty and staff. UNL also plans to hold random mitigation tests during the week of Jan. 24.

Pillen is currently running for Governor of Nebraska.

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