FMU, FDTC now requiring masks in indoor public areas
Francis Marion University is requiring that masks or face coverings be worn by everyone – vaccinated and unvaccinated – in indoor, public areas. This policy applies to all campus facilities and includes classrooms, hallways, laboratories, the library, and other communal spaces. Masks are not required in private offices or work spaces, individual residence rooms, or while eating or drinking in the various dining venues across campus. Also, Florence-Darlington Technical College is implementing a mask mandate for all employees, students and visitors, according to Interim President Ed Bethea. Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, masks will be required indoors, except in private offices or when eating and drinking. FMU President Fred Carter notified university faculty and staff of the revised procedures in an email following a decision from the South Carolina Supreme Court regarding masking and institutions of higher education. Francis Marion revised its COVID-19 masking protocols in response to rising cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant across the Pee Dee region.