On Sept. 1, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the state would move into Phase 2.5 of its pandemic recovery plan, effective Sept. 4, 2020 at 5:00pm. We wanted to highlight a few implications to UNCG:
- The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness will reopen on Sept. 12 with limited (30%) capacity. More detail will be communicated directly in the coming week.
- The Weatherspoon Art Museum will reopen on September 5 with updated hours, capacity limitations to encourage social distancing, and increased health and safety procedures including required face covering. New hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It will be closed Sundays and Mondays.
Additionally, while the order does increase mass gathering limits to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, UNCG is choosing to maintain our current limits — 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors for social gatherings (not including activities related to instruction or those otherwise regulated by specific guidelines in the governor’s executive orders). We want to ensure we take the most prudent approach to managing the virus.
Further, the Chancellor’s previous guidance on eliminating use of campus facilities for external events for the duration of the fall semester remains in effect. Facilities will be available for internal use only. We believe this is necessary in order to promote social distancing, limit density, avoid additional complexity related to contact tracing, conserve both cleaning and community protective equipment supplies for mission-critical activities, and avoid taxing our housekeeping and facilities staff during an already busy time. Similar decisions have been made by many other colleges and universities both in the UNC System and in Guilford County.
It remains clear that large gatherings put the health of our community and our ability to continue to provide face-to-face instruction at risk. We are working to enforce our standards and rules against gatherings across campus. This requires EVERYONE to participate and share responsibility. Don’t host large events. Don’t go to large events. UNCG police and Greensboro police will continue enforcing the governor’s orders. Violations of these orders are criminal offenses and subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct. Employees who do not adhere to our community standards may also be subject to disciplinary action.
We appreciate that students are starting to help us identify problem areas and anticipate gatherings. We need your help. If you have concerns about a rumored event or party, please report it to our COVID-19 Incident form: go.uncg.edu/covidconcern.
For the most up-to-date information, please monitor your email frequently, regularly visit the UNCG COVID-19 website, follow our @uncg social media channels, and download the UNCG Mobile app from the Google or iTunes app store app to receive push notifications directly to your phone.