UC Berkeley reminds students of COVID-19 safety protocols, travel guidelines

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According to a campuswide email sent out by UC Berkeley administration, students are advised to make sure that their travel plans for the holidays abide with the regional stay-at-home order that was recently issued.

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In response to escalating COVID-19 cases at the state level, campus administration reminded students of the school’s safety protocols and provided travel guidelines.

From Thanksgiving onward, the total number of cases on campus equaled the amount seen in October and November combined, according to a campuswide email sent Monday. As most students living on campus are planning to go home for the holidays and return to campus in January, UC Berkeley advised students to ensure their plans align with the regional stay-at-home order, which prohibits gatherings of any size.

Students in residence halls, suites and apartments, excluding residents of University Village, must continue with COVID-19 surveillance testing twice a week until their departure from campus, according to the email. Testing will resume upon return for the spring semester, and students must quarantine for their first week back and until their first two tests are returned as negative.

If students residing in campus housing test positive before winter break, they must be placed in isolation housing in accordance with Berkeley public health orders, the email added. Campus apartments and isolation housing units will remain open over winter break.

Excluding Maximino Martinez Commons, all campus residence halls will close their doors over the break, according to the email. Students who need a place to stay on an emergency basis are advised to contact Cal Housing.

“Together, we can help reduce virus transmission,” the email states. “We hope you have a restful winter break and have healthy holidays, despite these unprecedented circumstances.”

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Maxine Mouly is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @moulymaxine.