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College of Charleston to begin easing COVID-19 protocols

Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 4:42 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 6:12 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - College of Charleston officials are easing COVID-19 restrictions after reporting “encouraging signs” about a downward trend in the latest surge.

Starting Monday, the college will lift its current limit of 50 people at college-sponsored indoor gatherings on or off-campus.

The limits will revert to the posted fire code capacity of the indoor space where the event takes place, according to a message sent to the campus community. A non-student college employee must be present, either in person or virtually, to help manage the event.

“We’ve been monitoring our cases of students faculty and staff reported to the college, and since about early September we’ve seen a pretty steady and then sustained decline,” said Executive Vice President for Student Affairs Alicia Caudill.

CofC officials still recommend that eating and drinking in large groups should be limited and to have food to go when possible.

“When possible and to minimize direct contact, events/gatherings should not include mingling or reception activities,” the message states.

The college is also easing restrictions on guests in residence halls. Fellow students will be allowed to be signed in as guests. Non-CofC student guests remain prohibited.

Face coverings will still be required and CofC is still strongly recommending social distancing.

“We’re hoping that it gets lifted, because I mean if you’re in the library for 6 hours studying it’s uncomfortable, but you get used to it,” said sophomore Izabella Baipho.

“We wanted to encourage students to keep doing the things they’re doing, getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings, practicing good hygiene and all of those things and open up some of our policies a little bit,” Caudill said.

The college is urging students, employees and visitors to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. The college says it is also exploring the possibility of holding a booster shot clinic on campus for eligible employees.

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