After careful consideration, and consistent with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the University of South Carolina has made mask wearing optional in all campus instructional and research spaces.
Please note: masks will still be required in medical facilities, including VA School of Medicine campus, at testing sites, and public transportation, and we continue to encourage mask wearing for people in the following situations:
- If you are at high risk for illness – those who are elderly, immunocompromised, pregnant or who have certain medical conditions;
- If you live or regularly interact with someone at high risk for illness;
- If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine;
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19.
The Department of Theatre and Dance asks that patrons at our live performances please consider wearing a mask during the show.
Audience seating will remain at 50% capacity at the Longstreet, Drayton Hall, and BTW Lab Theatres through the end of the academic year.
These, and other precautions, will help support an appropriate environment for our student performers / crew and allow them to make informed decisions or whether to perform with or without a mask as they deem suitable for their situation.
As it is possible that mitigation strategies may change during the year, we encourage you to visit the University's COVID-19 Guidelines page for the most current information.