Coronavirus protocols will govern activities

The spike in COVID-19 positive cases forced a return to the modified campus quarantine, but several campus locales will offer student activities over the weekend.

“The administration, staff and faculty greatly appreciate your patience as we negotiate this high-risk time. … We recognize and applaud your sacrifice,” Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Technology Frank Vanecek said in a memo to residential students issued late Friday afternoon. “We are working very hard to find ways to provide you with programming, especially exercise and outdoor activities, while prioritizing public health and safety, to prevent further spread of the virus.”

Over the weekend, students who received negative test results for day zero and day seven COVID-19 tests may sign up for activities at campus. (Students who have been assigned to room quarantine as close contacts, patients under investigation with symptoms, or are assigned to isolation as positive cases, may not participate in this programming.)

Over the weekend, students who received negative test results for day zero and day seven COVID-19 tests may sign up for activities at campus.

Activities will run under these parameters.

— Up to 250 students can be out of their rooms at once, in two-hour blocks, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

— Participation is restricted to roommate groups of two and is strictly limited to students who received negative test results for day zero and day seven COVID-19 tests.

— Locker rooms and showers are off-limits.

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— Kreitzberg Arena’s ice rink will be open for skating, based upon four people/two rooms per hour, masks on, no physical contact. Physical distancing will be strictly enforced.

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Plumley Armory’s fitness center will be open to six rooms/12 total students each hour this weekend. Users must wear masks; physical distancing will be enforced. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

— Andrews Gym will be open for basketball, one roommate pair per hoop, no physical contact. Games like HORSE are allowed, with masks; physical distancing will be enforced.

— The Plumley Armory fitness center will be open to six rooms/12 total students each hour, masks on, physical distancing enforced.

Students can sign up for outdoor general fitness and physical training, 125 rooms/250 total students every two hours. Masks and physical distancing will be enforced.

— Goodyear Pool will be open for lifeguard-covered swimming, one person per swim lane, under these parameters:

— Students can sign up with residential building, room number and name, for one-hour pool sessions. Students who swim must depart the Goodyear building before their hour is over to prevent path-crossing and let staff clean between swimmers.

— Locker rooms will not be available for showering and changing. Swimmers must arrive with their swimming attire on and exit after drying off or deck changing. Curtains will be available on deck.

— Students who book pool time and can no longer use it for any reason, should cancel the booking. Students who are sick, exhibit any symptoms, or who are assigned to room quarantine, should stay home or in their room.

— Swimmers must self-assess their symptoms before entering the pool deck, continue wearing masks in the pool area until behind their assigned lane, and be ready to enter the water.

Beyond these offerings, Shaw Outdoor Center will be open from noon to 5 p.m., mask wearing and physical distancing enforced. Students can sign out outdoor recreation equipment for two-hour use and may use Paine Mountain’s trails. A bonfire and hot chocolate will be provided; sign-up isn’t required.

SERVICE DAY SCRATCHED: The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Sunday, which the Center for Civic Engagement arranged, was canceled because of the pandemic’s circumstances.


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