COVID-19: February Updates

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Wittenberg Community,

With the spring semester now entering its third week, we are writing to provide an update on several items as they relate to our health/safety efforts and the institution’s COVID-19 response.

  • Statewide Curfew: Beginning last Thursday, January 28, the statewide curfew was pushed back to 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. It previously was 10 p.m. The new curfew time is expected to be in effect until Feb. 11. Students and employees needing to go to the hospital, obtain essential items such as food or medication, or who need to work during these hours may do so. All campus facilities will continue to be locked by 11 p.m. Dining services will not be offered after 11 p.m. Students should also not walk in groups larger than two after 11 p.m.
  • Guidelines: The Entertainment Venue Guidelines that allow for event gatherings larger than 10 have been re-instituted as of February 1, 2021. As a reminder, all members of our community participating in such events should practice social distancing, mask wearing, and appropriate hygiene measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Leaving Campus: We continue to ask residential students not to leave campus unless there is an approved educational reason such as a co-op, internship or student teaching assignment, outside employment, or for essentials such as groceries or medications. HOWEVER, we will permit students to visit their permanent residence. We recognize that the ability to go home to one’s permanent residence is important to students during this difficult time. We continue to ask students not to visit bars or visit other college campuses.
  • Ionization Technology: Air ionization systems have been installed in Hollenbeck, Kuss Science, Blair, Thomas Library, Krieg, and Koch. We believe these systems will enhance air quality in rooms in those facilities. The University is also exploring whether those systems can be added in other buildings. If you would like more details on how these systems work, please email Vice President for Finance and Administration Rob Young at youngr11@wittenberg.edu.

We want to thank everyone again for following all our health and safety expectations. Please continue to wear a face covering that always covers your nose and mouth, and stay one Tiger apart (six feet) at all times.

Sincerely,

The COVID Response Team

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