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The Citadel to lift campus mask requirement next week

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Graduating seniors take part in commencement ceremonies at The Citadel on May 8, 2021, in Charleston. The military college is ending its mask requirement on Oct. 4. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

The Citadel announced on Sept. 30 that it is ending its mask requirements next week.  

School President Gen. Glenn Walters first informed Citadel insiders about it in an email he sent out on Sept. 29, saying that the mask requirement would be lifted for the entire campus.

"Due to this hard work — as well as reported vaccination rates and current conditions on campus — we have decided to remove the mask requirement for the entire campus effective Monday 4 October," he wrote in an email viewed by The Post and Courier.  

He encouraged staff and students of The Citadel, the state's public military college, to still take precautionary measures that included getting tested if they were symptomatic. The school recently ordered 2,000 over-the-counter rapid testing kits that will be distributed throughout its campus.

As of Sept. 29, the school had eight active coronavirus cases within its staff and student body, and 10 people in quarantine, according to the school's COVID-19 dashboard.

Last fall, The Citadel deviated from many other higher-education institutions and had cadets return to the campus. They learned through a combination of virtual instruction and in-person learning and underwent weekly random COVID tests. The masks were a mandatory part of the cadet uniform.

Walters said in his email that since March 2020 the administration had anticipated The Citadel would return to normal operations.

"Removing masks is a big step," Walters wrote. "It is only through your efforts we are able to make this happen." 

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