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The South Carolina Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday on the University of South Carolina's recent mask mandate. The mandate had been previously lifted per Attorney General Alan Wilson's legal opinion. 

According to the court, the proviso does not prohibit a universal mask mandate, which allows the university to implement the policy once again.

UofSC Interim President Harris Pastides issued a statement Monday evening, confirming that the Supreme Court's ruling now "clears the way" for the university to reinstate the mask requirement. 

"On July 23, we were the first institution in the state to mandate face coverings. I will require the use of face coverings in our buildings, effective immediately, as an effective strategy in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of all members of our Gamecock community to help protect ourselves and others by adopting sound public health practices as we continue our efforts to safeguard our campus against this still-evolving health concern," wrote Pastides in his statement.

Per the original mandate, masks are required at all times inside all campus buildings, except for residence hall rooms and while eating in dining facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

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