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As COVID threat eases, masks becoming optional at USC Aiken

Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The University of South Carolina Aiken announced Friday that beginning Tuesday, masks will be optional on campus.

Last summer, the university implemented more than a dozen task forces made up of volunteers from across campus who made recommendations on how the university would move forward safely in the midst of a global pandemic.

As result of these task forces, a mitigation plan, “Ready, Set, Return,” was implemented.

The plan was updated in December as information about COVID-19 expanded and more updates to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state guidelines were rolled out. The university is ready to move forward in updating the plan for a third time to include information about vaccines and the latest requirements issued by the state. A number of individuals will form a group to recommend those updates.

In the meantime, the university will be moving to a “masks optional” campus this summer in recognition of new CDC guidelines, “herd immunity” levels on campus and infection rates in the region.

The university advises that anyone visiting campus should refer to CDC guidelines regarding circumstances when one should wear a mask. The university will continue to provide sanitation products in classrooms so desks may be wiped down before use.

Augusta University is moving to a masks-optional policy for people who are vaccinated, as are other University System of Georgia schools.

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