UC Berkeley permits outdoor recreation, exercise for sequestering students

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According to a UC Berkeley student affairs email, students living in campus residence halls are allowed to leave their rooms for outdoor recreation and exercise given that they are not in isolation or quarantine. Students in residence halls are still required to self-sequester until Monday.

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Though UC Berkeley students living in the residence halls are required to self-sequester until Monday, they are now permitted to leave their rooms and floors for outdoor recreation and exercise as COVID-19 cases decline.

According to a student affairs email sent Friday, students with green badges in the eTang portal, or those who are not in isolation or quarantine, can leave their rooms to get fresh air, go on walks or exercise between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

UC Berkeley athletes are also permitted to go to practice under the direction of the Cal Athletics staff, the email states.

When outside, the email adds, students must maintain physical distance from others, continue to avoid inside gatherings and avoid contact with anyone outside their household grouping. All other self-sequestering requirements still apply.

Other than for outdoor recreation, students may only leave their room in case of an emergency or to obtain medical care, meet COVID-19 testing requirements, use the bathroom or obtain food from Cal Dining kiosks.

In the meantime, UC Berkeley recommends that students continue to check their email for updates regarding the sequester period.

“We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases and consult with public health officials,” the email states. “We will inform you if it is necessary to extend the self-sequester period beyond Monday.”

Veronica Roseborough is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @v_roseborough.