Governor McMaster, DHEC respond to latest CDC guidance

South Carolina News

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Gov. Henry McMaster responded to the Centers for Disease Control’s latest guidelines on mask-wearing Tuesday, saying it comes down to personal responsibility.

In a tweet, Governor McMaster wrote, “State law now prohibits school administrators from requiring students to wear a mask. The General Assembly agreed with me— and that decision is now left up to parents.” The tweets go on to say, “The Delta Variant poses a real threat to South Carolinians. However, shutting our state down, closing schools, and mandating masks is not the answer. Personal responsibility is.”

His final tweet mentioned, “the vaccine works.”

Those updated guidelines from the CDC recommend everyone, including those in a school setting, wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The guidance added that students should return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies in place.

State health officials issued a statement Tuesday in support of the updated CDC guidance. The release said it’s not a mandate, but that DHEC encourages individuals to protect themselves and others.

The release said DHEC will be finalizing K-12 guidance for the 2021-2022 academic year and will provide that this week. It goes on to add that vaccinations are the number one way to end this pandemic.

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