February 3, 2021

EmmanuelForward Update: February 3, 2021

This week, we are providing a number of updates on campus operations in light of new guidelines from the City of Boston, as well as other important reminders from a variety of departments at the College.

Dining Updates

The Marian Hall Dining Room and the Muddy River Café are now open for seating with a number of guidelines in place. Hours and menus are available on the Café Bon Appétit website. To-go options continue to also be available in Joe Di’s and Dunkin’.

  • Per Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, dining facilities are operating at a 25% seating capacity.
  • No more than six (6) are to be seated together at larger tables; smaller tables will have two (2) and four (4) person capacities to ensure proper distancing.
  • Seating time is limited to 60 minutes to ensure we are able to safely accommodate as many students as possible, particularly during peak lunch and dinner hours.
  • Masks are to be worn while moving around dining facilities and when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Food offerings in all locations remain grab-and-go whether a diner is sitting in or taking meals outside of the dining halls.
  • Seating will also be available in the lower atrium of the Yawkey Center with capacity limits.

Fitness Center Operations

As part of updated reopening guidance, the City of Boston allowed for gyms and fitness centers to re-open on February 1st at a reduced capacity of 25%. The Emmanuel College fitness areas in the Yawkey Center for general student use and the New Residence Hall for residents within the building will be open on Tuesday, February 16th. The St. Joseph Hall fitness area will be used for Athletics training.

Detailed guidance and information on the process for booking time will be shared by the Department of Athletics. While we understand the demand for use of the fitness facilities is high, we must ensure additional staffing, augmented cleaning procedures and a new booking system are in place for creating the safest environment possible.

Gathering & Events Protocols

Per the current guidelines from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with the exception of classrooms and places of worship, indoor gatherings must not exceed 10 individuals with masking and physical distancing in place. We strongly encourage events and meetings continue to be conducted virtually. For any common spaces, capacity limits will be posted outside each room.

Guidelines for Liturgies are posted outside of the Chapel. These guidelines include a 40% capacity, as well as six-foot physical distancing. Weekly Liturgies, held on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m., are also available virtually via Zoom.

Emergency Contact & Local Address

All students have been contacted by the Office of the Registrar regarding the designation of an emergency contact, as well as confirmation of both a home/permanent address and a local/off-campus address. This information is especially important this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Current address and contact information is used for any issues related to COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

Because this information is so critically important, student access to the ECLearn system will be removed if emergency contacts and addresses are not confirmed by today, Wednesday, February 3rd. Students may log into Student Planning and click on their User Profile in the upper right drop-down menu to make updates.

Student Code of Conduct Process: COVID-19 Protocols 

As Student Affairs previously shared with all students, the Student Handbook outlines College policies, including the Student Code of Conduct. In addition to adhering to standard guidelines, it is vital that students understand and follow new policies that are in place this year related to COVID-19. Behaviors that put the College community’s health and safety at risk, including gatherings not adhering to guidelines, failure to wear a face covering or physically distance, hosting or attending parties, and more, will be taken very seriously.

It is important to note that sanctions for any violations compromising health and safety can include suspension or dismissal from the residence halls, residence hall probation, and in very serious circumstances, dismissal from the College. Any questions and concerns about these policies may be directed to Dean of Students Dr. Jennifer Forry.

Bookstore Update

The new bookstore in St. Joseph Hall is open as of today, Wednesday, February 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Capacity limits and other guidelines are posted outside of the space. Students are also able to continue to place orders via Emmanuel’s online bookstore. Items ordered with in-store pickup for all students will be delivered to the package lockers located on the first floor of the New Residence Hall. Instructions on how to download the My Mail Services App for package pick-up are located on signage placed around lockers.

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