Change to COVID-19 Environment Level
To: W&L Students, Faculty, and Staff
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: March 29, 2021
The COVID-19 Committee has recommended, and President Dudley has approved, a change in W&L's COVID-19 Environment Level from Yellow-High to Yellow-Middle, effective today. The number of active cases on our campus is down significantly, our overall test positivity rates remain low, and the pressure on our Isolation/Quarantine and contact tracing capacities is manageable.
This change allows us to make some adjustments to our guidelines and safety measures.
- Social gatherings are now limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with face coverings and physical distancing requirements continuing to be in place and enforced.
- State limits on social gathering size are set to change on April 1. We understand those limits will be higher than the university's limits, however students are expected to adhere to university limits both on and off campus. We will continue to assess gathering size limits and make changes as appropriate for our campus.
- Non-W&L student visitors, such as immediate family and significant others, are allowed in undergraduate students' off-campus housing as long as the total number of individuals at the residence does not exceed gathering size limits at any time. No visitors other than current W&L students are allowed in undergraduate students' on-campus residences, including residential halls, townhouses, apartments, theme houses, and Greek houses.
- In on-campus residence rooms in first-year, upper-division, theme and Greek housing, when the room occupancy is not posted, the maximum occupancy is equal to the number of residents assigned to that space plus two additional people, to allow for safe distancing. That allows three people in a single, four people in a double, and five people in a triple.
- Students are still required to wear face coverings in their rooms when anyone other than roommates are present.
- We continue to encourage students to use common spaces and outdoor spaces to gather whenever possible.
All other current guidelines and safety measures as outlined on the COVID-19 Resources website remain in place at this time.
While we are happy to be at a point where we are able to move the indicator, we are still seeing some new cases each week and remain concerned about the prevalence of more contagious COVID-19 variants and the potential for both reinfection and more serious symptoms for those who contract the virus. Our continued, collective vigilance in following the guidelines and safety measures will be critical in keeping cases down; as we've seen several times now, it only takes a few days for cases to spike in a way that requires the university to take additional action.
Thank you for all you are doing and please keep up the great work, being especially vigilant around masking and distancing, limiting close contacts, and keeping gatherings within the new limits. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do to make this semester a success!