As of Monday, March 1st, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has moved the state’s reopening plan to phase 3, step 2. These new guidelines allow for changes in some of our campus operations; while we are able to increase capacities in certain areas, it is important that our entire community continue to practice those behaviors which minimize exposure to COVID-19, particularly when gathering in groups. We continue to see low rates of infection on campus, as outlined in our testing dashboard, based on compliance with health and safety guidelines.
As of Thursday, March 4th, dining capacities will be increased within both the Marian Hall Dining Room and the Muddy River Café. All safety guidelines and protocols will still be in place, including distancing of six (6) feet between tables, wearing of masks within dining facilities when not actively eating or drinking, and maximum group sizes of six (6) at larger tables.
Additionally, eating and drinking will now be permitted on the second floor of the Jean Yawkey Center and the first floor of the New Residence Hall. Within these areas, it is critically important that guidelines for distancing and masking be followed to minimize contact. This policy will continue to be evaluated as the College monitors on-campus COVID-19 cases and will be changed should we see any increases.
As of Thursday, March 4th, fitness centers within the Jean Yawkey Center and the New Residence Halls will run at a 50% capacity. The latest guidelines and access to the fitness center booking system are available on the Athletics website.
We remind students of the many support services available to them as they move into the exam period and continue to manage the stresses presented by the pandemic. Students can access 24/7 support with a licensed counselor through Connect@EC by calling (617) 735-9920 and selecting option 2. In addition to appointments, the Counseling Center offers a virtual emergency hour at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, accessible by calling (617) 735-9920 and selecting option 1.
Additionally, support services are available through the Academic Resource Center, Academic Advising, Mission & Ministry, Health Services, Student Affairs and more. Please visit this page to find a list of key contacts.
As communicated to students, faculty and staff last week, the College is currently planning for a nearly full resumption of face-to-face courses for the Fall 2021 semester, as well as a return to more normal occupancy levels in our residence halls. We similarly anticipate that co-curricular activities—from internships to athletics to student activities—will largely take place as they did prior to the pandemic, with potential limitations due to city and state health mandates. To view the full announcement, please visit this link.