Groups of people crowded and gathered at local, college bars Thursday evening in downtown Columbia. Some wore masks — others did not. Recent studies by professors at MU have shown the possible psychological reasons that people may not wear masks, one being that people feel their individual choices are threatened when they are told to wear masks.

Most individuals downtown wore their masks outside, but masks all disappeared inside the bars leaving the employees of each establishment as the only ones wearing masks. COVID-19 rates in Columbia are the highest in the 10-24 age range and cases at MU continue to spike. The new mandate from MU requires students and faculty to wear face coverings outside on campus.

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