March 16, 2020
In light of the current situation with COVID-19 in New Orleans, Tulane University is implementing updated social distancing guidelines effective immediately. The number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana has more than tripled since Friday, March 13, and the majority of these cases are in New Orleans. THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE OVERSTATED AT THIS TIME.
Social distancing is a best practice recommendation of health professionals to prevent or slow the spread of a virus by human-to-human transmission. Social distancing is used to reduce risk of exposure, but is not the equivalent of quarantine where you are completely secluded. These guidelines and recommendations require some personal judgement to implement.
Social distancing is applicable to all members of the Tulane community, whether student, staff, faculty or administration, and whether full-time, part-time, temporary, or contracted services. Social distancing means you should not be in close proximity to others; you should maintain at least a six-foot distance from other individuals. Whenever possible you should be at home.
Today, the Governor announced that all bars, movie theaters, and casinos will be closed, and restaurants are limited to take-out, delivery, and drive-thru only. These restrictions will be in place until at least April 13. The gravity of this situation and the need to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of this virus is critical.
1. No events, meetings, or gatherings are permitted that have 10 or more individuals. Individuals need to maintain a six-foot distance from others.
2. All non-essential university related travel is cancelled. Requests for exceptions must be submitted to the Provost and COO. You are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary personal travel.
3. In-person classes ceased 3/13/2020 and will be moved online beginning March 23, 2020.
Effective Monday, March 16:
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer