All non-essential in-person activities and events were previously suspended through Dec. 31, 2020. As we near the end of that period, the Recovery Management Team (RMT) has extended the current prohibition on in-person activities (other than approved instruction, essential research, and essential work) through Feb. 28, 2021, while endorsing a roadmap that could enable some in-person activities in the spring term, provided public health conditions improve.
The roadmap outlines plans to:
- Allow in-person participatory activities that cannot be conducted virtually in the spring semester no earlier than March 1, 2021, if public health conditions improve to the state’s “red” tier or better. In-person participatory activities are defined as events where the participants must be actively participating to conduct the event and they could not participate effectively virtually. For example, drum circles, dance rehearsals, etc. To meet state guidelines, we must pursue virtual group events, gatherings, or meetings, wherever possible.
- Limit the number of approved event spaces in order to be successful in managing compliance with university and public health requirements.
- Limit attendance at approved in-person activities to students, and faculty and staff who are approved to work on campus. In-person activities with non-affiliates and faculty and staff who are not already on campus remain prohibited.
- Direct approved event venues to prepare to host limited in-person activities for the attendees specified above.
- Assign responsibility to the Events and External Relations Recovery Sub-Committee to approve event spaces and requested individual activities.
Additional specific details about how activities would resume and the process for approvals will be forthcoming, as soon as they are available.
Events and External Relations Recovery Sub-Committee acknowledges that the devastating increase in virus transmission we are currently experiencing makes it difficult to envision successfully conducting in-person gatherings in just a few months. However, their goal is to prepare now for improved conditions that would allow these limited activities to resume on campus. As always, they continue to prioritize the health and well-being of the entire campus community.
If you have any questions or comments, please send them to the Events and External Relations Recovery Sub-committee via this form.