What campus looks like due to Omicron

By Janea Melido | January 17, 2022 4:07pm
The Pilot House and The Commons are open for in-person dining with reduced seating.
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On campus services have modified their hours and policies with virtual classes extended to continue for at least another week. 

Here’s what you need to know about on-campus operations. 

COVID-19 Isolation

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by Residence Life and moved into an isolation room. 

Isolation space capacity for positive students has increased to 114 beds, according to Andrew Weingarten, Director of Residence Life. Multiple students may be assigned to an isolation room. 

A case manager will be assigned to check in with the student regularly to provide them support and food will be delivered to isolation rooms for students who request food service. The service will cost $30 a day, and include continental breakfast items, a hot lunch and a dinner that can be reheated, according to an email sent to quarantining students. 

Off-campus students have been instructed to quarantine in their homes. The CDC now recommends that people isolate for five days if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are improving. 

Food Service

The Pilot House and The Commons are open for in-person dining with reduced seating. “X” markings on seats indicate where students aren’t allowed to sit. 

“We’re just asking people to social distance,” Kirk Mustain, general manager of Bon Appetit, said. “We haven't been mandated to do anything, we're doing this in house.”

As of Friday Jan. 14, The Pilot House will return to normal closing hours of 11p.m. Mack’s Market and The Commons will continue to be open for normal hours.

“The Anchor will open up sooner than later,” Mustain said. “As soon as the caseload comes down, we’ll reopen The Anchor, that’s our plan.”

Meals will continue to be packaged in to-go boxes until the school decides to go back to in-person classes, according to Mustain.

Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center

Beauchamp will continue to be open with tentative hours and limited area capacity. 

Students are required to social distance with masks on and will find tape on the floor in certain areas indicating that only one person is allowed per square. 

“Basketball is now individual play, so we’ve stopped person on person,” Britt Rosenthal, recreation operations program manager, said. “We’ve also stopped allowing spotting to ensure there is physical distance between students.”

Selected fitness classes will be offered virtually until UP announces classes will resume in-person.

Tentative Beauchamps Hours: 

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Clark Library

The Library is open with normal hours this academic term with distanced seating implemented. 

Study rooms can be reserved as single occupancy and the quiet study area located in the basement is closed until classes resume in-person.

Janea Melido is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at melido24@up.edu