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Governor McMaster: Masking children to protect adults is the wrong thing to do

Governor Henry McMaster held a news conference to update the state’s response to COVID-19. McMaster began by encouraging people to make the decision to get vaccinated if they want to, pointing out how readily available the vaccine is. Despite acknowledging the threat the Delta variant poses, McMaster says he refuses to shut the state down or require masks in school.

South Carolina capital’s mayor ponders school mask mandate

By Meg Kinnard

The mayor of South Carolina’s capital city is considering issuing a school mask mandate, a move he says would protect vaccine-ineligible children amid the coronavirus’s resurgence. The effort would put Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, a Democrat, at odds with Republican Gov. Henry McMaster as well as the GOP-controlled Legislature, which recently barred such policies for all public schools.

Top prosecutor: Univ of South Carolina can’t require masks

By Meg Kinnard

The University of South Carolina can’t lawfully require students and staff to wear face coverings on campus this fall, despite increasing cases of coronavirus, thanks to recent legislative action, according to the state’s top prosecutor. Last week, university officials announced that they would require “face coverings to be worn at all times inside all campus buildings, unless you are in your own residence hall room, private office or you are eating inside campus dining facilities.”

Walmart mandates vaccines for workers at headquarters

By Annie D'Innocenzio

Walmart is requiring that all workers at its headquarters as well as managers who travel within the U.S. be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 4. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer is also reversing its mask policy for its employees, including vaccinated ones, who work in stores, clubs, distribution facilities and warehouses. Going forward, they will be required to wear masks in areas with high infection rates.