William & Mary releases new temporary COVID-19 protocols, effective immediately
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Officials at the College of William & Mary have put in place several temporary measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 among the student body.
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The College continues to see a significant increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 among students. Officials say they currently have more than 100 active cases among students who appear to have spread through unmasked social interactions.
Currently, there are only three active cases among the staff.
“This is the third semester that William & Mary has been offering in-person activities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve seen a spike in cases at the start of each semester,” said Amy Sebring,
COVID-19 COO and Director. “Prompt action has resulted in a drop in the number of cases, although conditions are continually changing. We remain convinced that we have the tools to navigate effectively in this area.
School officials point out that there is no indication of the spread in a classroom.
As of today, the following mitigation measures are in place for the next two weeks:
- Masks outside will be mandatory for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus, unless you eat, drink, or can maintain an appropriate physical distance of at least six feet. Masks are still not mandatory in dorms or single occupancy offices.
- All W&M meals will be “take out” meals for two weeks. Starting tomorrow breakfast, meals at Sadler Dining Hall, Commons and Marketplace will be a take-out only program, closing all seats inside for two weeks starting September 8, 2021. Meals can also be used. in Sadler Express, Tribe Food Truck, Tribe Market and Student Xchange for a take out meal. Retail outlets will also be offering take-out meals for two weeks.
- Student organizations will be encouraged to use virtual formats or outdoor environments for meetings and activities. Sorority recruiting was already moved to an online format this week.
“Campus vaccination rates are high and vaccines work to reduce the level of severity of cases,” Sebring added. “Masks remain an important line of defense, especially with the Delta variant.”
The rule of mandatory inner and outer masks also applies to athletics competitions and tailgating.
Classes will stay in person.
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