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Masks optional at South Dakota public universities starting May 10

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PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming more widely available, South Dakota has decided to end its face-covering requirement for the state's public universities.

The South Dakota Board of Regents, which oversees all of the state's public universities, says starting May 10 face-coverings will no longer be required at all public indoor spaces on campus.

Instead, South Dakota's six public universities will become "mask optional" environments.

“Our system has continuously responded to changing circumstances caused by the pandemic,” said Brian L. Maher, the regents' executive director and CEO. "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.”

According to a press release, the change comes at the recommendation of university presidents and coincides with the regents' plan for a return to normal campus operations this fall.

South Dakota's six public universities are:

  • Black Hills State University.
  • Dakota State University.
  • Northern State University.
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
  • South Dakota State University.
  • University of South Dakota.

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