University Response to new Region 1 Requirements
Oct. 2, 2020
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 3, the Illinois Department of Public Health is instituting new COVID-19 mitigation efforts for Region 1, which includes DeKalb County, to address the region’s increasing positivity rate.
In consultation with the DeKalb County Health Department, the university is implementing the following revisions to our current guidelines:
- University-approved, in-person events hosted by recognized student organizations can proceed with no more than 25 people as long as masks are worn and physical distancing is maintained. These are the only types of events/gatherings permissible anywhere on campus and university property.
- All food and drink available from any NIU dining option must be taken to go.
The following expectations, activities and restrictions will remain unchanged:
- Face-to-face classes will continue to meet.
- Students can gather in small groups, no more than 10, with their friends if masks are worn and they maintain physical distancing.
- Student employment continues as directed by supervisors.
- Students required to participate in surveillance testing will proceed as scheduled.
- Guests can return to campus, so long as they also wear masks and maintain physical distancing. Guests remain prohibited from residence halls.
- Parking restrictions will remain in place, and the East Lagoon will continue to close at sunset.
- We need all students to cooperate in an open and honest manner with NIU and public health officials about testing, tracking and tracing efforts. All students who have been exposed, have symptoms or test positive MUST notify the university using the NIU COVID-19 Checklist, respond to any calls from state or local health departments and follow guidance of public health officials. A new COVID-19 symptom/exposure reporting form will be sent to students early next week to make notifying the university easier in the future.
- Parties and unregistered events of any size are strictly prohibited as they remain high-risk activities that jeopardize the health and well-being of our community.