CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston on Thursday implemented a temporary mask mandate for all students and staff in its schools.

This includes:

  • Summerville Catholic School
  • Divine Redeemer Catholic School
  • St. John’s Catholic School
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
  • Bishop England High School
  • Charleston Catholic School
  • Nativity School
  • Christ Our King Stella Maris Catholic School

The decision was made “after watching the number of positive COVID cases grow daily in South Carolina,” and based on guidance from medical professionals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), according to a statement from Maria Aselage, spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston.

The requirement extends to employees at the Charleston-based pastoral center any time they are not sitting at their desks.

“We believe wearing masks indoors is an important initiative to protect our community, especially children, from this highly contagious virus,” the statement said.

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