Masks outlawed by the state; change requested
House Democratic Caucus Calls for Emergency Session to Repeal Mask Proviso.
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina House Democratic Caucus is calling for Governor Henry McMaster to convene an emergency session of the General Assembly to repeal Proviso 1.108 in the 2021-2022 Appropriations Bill.
“Local governments and school districts need to do what is necessary to protect public health in their communities,” House Democrats Leader Todd Rutherford said. “The situation has changed for the worse since the General Assembly passed Proviso 1.108 in June and we need to act immediately to repeal it. With the delta variant on the rise – and because all children under the age of 12 are unvaccinated – it will be disastrous if school districts do not take action.”
Proviso 1.108 prohibits mask mandates in South Carolina schools, stating, “No school district, or any of its schools, may use any funds appropriated or authorized pursuant to this act to require that its students and/or employees wear a facemask at any of its education facilities.”
With the Pickens County School District moving online after a COVID outbreak during their first month of school, more school districts could face similar situations as the school year begins.
The 43 members of the House Democratic Caucus believe that public health measures and mitigation efforts should be determined by local municipalities, because the pandemic and its impact varies by community.