After seeing an increase in coronavirus cases on campus at the end of last month, Assumption University announced that the shelter-in-place order will end on Monday.
Starting Friday, shelter-in-place restrictions will be loosened for students, though the Worcester campus will remain closed to visitors and students are not permitted to leave over the weekend except for medical emergencies, according to a message from Assumption President Francesco Cesareo.
At 8 a.m. Friday, students will be allowed to walk around campus, eat in the dining hall by reservation and utilize food delivery services. Intra-hall visitation will also be allowed with one guest per resident, all wearing masks, Cesareo said.
Then on Monday, the shelter-in-place order will expire at 7 a.m., Cesareo said. Students who live on campus will be able to return to class in-person. Currently, commuter students and those studying remotely are not allowed on campus.
Last week, Assumption announced that it would be locking down campus after eight students tested positive for coronavirus. More than 100 students were in quarantine or isolation.
In addition to classes, athletic activities will resume and campus offices will reopen Monday, Cesareo said.
Cesareo reminded students that they should follow Gov. Charlie Baker’s stay-at-home advisory from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., which goes into effect Friday night.
“We encourage students to go outside and enjoy the nice weather this weekend. As a reminder, per the Governor’s Executive Order, no more than 25 individuals may gather outdoors and 10 indoors in common area spaces,” Cesareo said.
Cesareo said that if everyone follows safety protocols, he believes Assumption can continue in-person classes as scheduled until Nov. 20.
Assumption has a total of 2,400 students, with 1,979 undergrads and 421 in graduate programs.