Mask mandate being lifted at South Dakota’s public universities

By: | May 5, 2021

The South Dakota Board of Regents is dropping the mask requirement for the state’s six public universities starting next Monday, May 10.

University presidents recommended a system-wide protocol change to the current requirement for masks to be worn in all public indoor spaces on campuses, which has been in place since last July. May 10 was chosen because the spring semester ends this week, according to BOR Director of Communications Janelle Toman.

“Our system has continuously responded to changing circumstances caused by the pandemic,” BOR Executive Director and CEO Brian Maher said in a press release. “With vaccines now widely available, our institutions are eager to adjust as we look forward to the fall semester. Administrators will continue to monitor conditions, making the best decisions possible with information available to them.”

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