Friday, November 20, 2020

New statewide COVID mandates, closures affecting the University community

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a statewide return to restrictions on bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, fitness centers, and more that began last Friday and will continue for the next four weeks. Some restrictions do affect the University community, especially as we transition to distance learning and final exams after Thanksgiving.
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On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a statewide return to restrictions on bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, fitness centers, and more that began last Friday and will continue for the next four weeks. Some restrictions do affect the University community, especially as we transition to distance learning and final exams after Thanksgiving.

It's important to know that there is no disruption to learning or research on campus. Fall semester in-person instruction will still end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and classes that were in-person or blended will resume via distance learning on Monday, Nov. 30. Finals will also be held via distanced methods as planned. Here's what you need to know about how the Governor's order affects you.


On-campus dining is "grab-and-go" only

Effective Saturday, Nov. 21, all campus dining has switched to “grab-and-go,” and will continue until the start of spring semester. Because the Governor’s order focuses specifically on in-person dining, this change is consistent with the order.


Gyms and recreation centers are closed

All gyms and recreation centers are closed as of Saturday, Nov. 21. Because the Governor’s executive order allows varsity collegiate athletic teams (not intramural or club) to continue to train in these facilities, some students or staff still will be in these facilities. In addition, the order allows classroom instruction to continue at these locations. Public health operations, such as COVID testing and influenza vaccinations, will continue uninterrupted if they are already using these spaces.


Museums and entertainment venues are closed

All indoor museums and entertainment venues are now closed. Outdoor activities may continue provided appropriate restrictions are followed. The order allows for online programming to continue, and that may require some staff to work in these facilities. Also, retail gift stores in these locations may remain open with the appropriate restrictions in place.


College athletics can continue with some changes

While intercollegiate competition can continue, additional steps are needed as part of our ongoing health and safety efforts. Only essential personnel such as student-athletes and coaches will be allowed in athletics venues. You're encouraged to cheer on our teams remotely.

For more information on the new restrictions and other COVID-19-related updates, visit the Safe Campus website.

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