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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin system officials said Wednesday they plan to end their campus mask mandates by spring break.

UW System President Tommy Thompson said widespread vaccinations and declining case counts on system campuses and across the state justify the move. Thompson said vaccines and testing will still be available on campus, and students and employees can still choose to wear masks if they choose.

System officials say they plan to withdraw the warrants as early as March 1. They plan to finish it no later than spring break. University of Wisconsin-Madison officials said Wednesday they will end that campus’ mask mandate on March 12, when spring break begins.

Associated Students of Madison, the university’s student government body, released a statement saying the mandate should remain in place until the end of the spring semester to protect members of the university community who are particularly vulnerable to COVID. -19 and cannot engage in person academics without masks.

The state’s seven-day average of positive cases stood at 1,828 as of Monday, according to the state health department. That’s down from a seven-day average of 18,816 cases on January 19.

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