Together, we are making a commitment to do all we can to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread on our campus and in our local community. An important component of our plan is maintaining as closed of a campus system as possible - that means reducing our exposure to those outside of our campus environment. While this does not mean requiring that everyone stay on campus and never leave, it does mean being very judicious about when and where we travel off campus.
By following a few guidelines we can help protect our individual health and stop the spread to others.
First 14 Days
For the first 14 days after all students have moved in (August 16-29), we are asking all students to not travel off campus (except in very necessary cases such as to make a quick trip to the grocery for essentials or to the pharmacy for a prescription). We remind students that grocery and restaurant food delivery options are available on campus. Reducing exposure in these ways at the start of the term can help establish a healthy community baseline and alignment around healthy practices.
For the Remainder of the Semester
Again, limiting exposure is important and we encourage students to limit time off campus as much as possible so we are asking that students adhere to the following with regard to travel off campus during the semester:
- We encourage students to be judicious in going off campus and to take advantage of delivery and pick up options from local restaurants, groceries, and other stores in order to limit exposure. Yes, an afternoon at Easton sounds like great fun but is it nice or necessary?
- When you do go off campus be vigilant with healthy behaviors including mask wearing, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing. Please be aware that mask wearing is now being mandated by the State of Ohio, by Franklin and Licking Counties, and the Village of Granville. Please know that by government order masks are required in all public, indoor spaces including restaurants and bars (except when seated to eat or drink) and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained.
- Do not travel outside Central Ohio or fly unless you have to (for example for an important family commitment or emergency). If you are traveling outside of the Central Ohio area, please complete this travel form which will alert your CC (Community Coordinator) so they are aware to provide health and safety guidance upon return (for instance quarantining if returning from a hot spot should that be required by state or local officials).
- Do not go anywhere where mask wearing is not required and enforced or where physical distancing isn’t possible. Bars and some restaurants have struggled to ensure safe practices are upheld and have been the epicenter of some recent outbreaks in cities across the country - there are plenty of documented examples (see the NYT, NBC News). Students must stay away from these establishments. Choosing to patronize any establishment where physical distancing is not observed will be considered a violation of our Community Care Agreement and could result in disciplinary action.
Again, it is important that we maintain a closed community system as much as possible and we ask students to practice good judgement when making decisions to go off campus and to be vigilant about healthy behaviors (mask wearing, physical distancing, hand washing) when they do.