WT Statement Re: Gov. Abbott Executive Order 36

Chip Chandler May 18, 2021
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WT Statement Re: Gov. Abbott Executive Order 36

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CANYON, Texas — In light of May 18’s Executive Order 36 from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, West Texas A&M University will lift its mandate for face coverings on campus.

The mandate will be lifted at 11:59 p.m. May 21, as set out in Abbott’s order.

This will supersede WT’s plan to lift the mandate beginning June 1.

Anyone on campus may choose to continue wearing face coverings and to exercise social distancing, and WT will, whenever possible, provide personal health and safety options.

Any updates to safety protocols will be announced on the WT COVID-19 page,

WT’s commitment to the people of the Top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle is a key component of the University’s long-term plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.


About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. With enrollment of more than 10,000, WT offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 40 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 15 men’s and women’s athletics programs.