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Facility density and physical distancing

Physical distancing principles

All individuals on campus (students, faculty, staff, visitors, and guests) should always endeavor to remain physically separated from others by at least 6 feet, acknowledging that hallways as well as exits to rooms and buildings will not accommodate a 6-foot separation. When in the presence of others, masks should be worn in addition to distancing measures. Masking exceptions include

  1. being out-of-doors while greater than six feet from others or
  2. while eating using social distancing guidelines.

Residence halls

Classrooms

Each school is developing detailed classroom plans which adhere to the following principles: Classrooms, instructional space and lecture halls including auditoriums shall use 40 square feet per masked person for determining occupancy limits. Occupancy plans should account for space consumed by furniture. Hallways will be marked or provided with signage at 6-foot intervals to prevent gathering outside of classrooms. Classrooms having two doors will utilize one for entrance and the other for exit, which will be clearly marked. Classrooms having one door will utilize a process for loading and unloading similar to airlines: back to front for entrance; front to back for exiting.

Common areas and shared spaced

Each school is developing plans for these areas, adhering to the following guidelines: smaller areas used for breaks, common areas or study areas should be limited to 1 person in the space or no less than 40 square feet per person.

Dining facilities and services

Faculty and staff offices

The University continues to require the majority of employees to work remotely by indicating that all work that can be done remotely should continue remotely for the foreseeable future. Once in-person activities begin to resume, all meetings where social distancing cannot be maintained, project discussions and seminars should continue to be conducted electronically (e.g. Zoom, Phone, FaceTime).

The University is developing a new Remote Work Policy and building job assessment guidelines and processes for establishing a more effective remote workforce and environment where it is appropriate long term.

Physical distancing policies

All individuals on campus (students, faculty, staff, visitors, and guests) should always endeavor to remain physically separated from others by at least 6 feet, acknowledging that hallways as well as exits to rooms and buildings will not accommodate a 6-foot separation. Entrances and exits will be clearly marked. When in the presence of others, masks should be worn in addition to distancing measures. Masks are not required when outdoors while maintaining greater than six feet from others or while eating.

Shared transportation

To promote safety for shuttle riders and drivers, shuttle bus capacity will be reduced initially to 50 percent seated capacity and standing will be prohibited. Every other seat will be taped off to easily identify whether capacity remains. Shuttle bus routes will be adapted in order to accommodate greater physical distancing with available resources. Extra buses have been added to the heavily utilized shuttle lines to spread out rider capacity and service hours will be expanded to accommodate a greater number of shuttles. Passengers and drivers will be required to wear masks. Sanitizer stations will be located at each bus point of entrance/exit. Shuttles will be wiped down after each route. Shuttle operations will end between midnight and 5am in order to have proper sanitization and deep cleaning time.

Library facilities

Athletic facilities and events

We will follow guidelines issued by New York State for reopening gyms and athletic facilities. Athletics staff are developing a plan for reopening the Goergen Athletic Center for recreational use based on University guidance for student life and best practices for fitness facilities. This will involve reduced occupancy loads in activity spaces (25 percent of the established maximum) and efforts to promote physical distancing. Facility access will be restricted to students. In general, occupancies of gyms or athletic spaces will be limited to one (1) team for outdoor practices and one-half (½) the team for indoor practices.

Event facilities

Performance and event facilities, which are not yet approved to open, will follow specific sector guidance developed by NYS, once that is available. Planning is underway, and in general, occupancies of large gathering spaces (greater than 400 people), such as Eastman Theater, Palestra, Prince Athletic Complex and Fauver, should be limited to 25 percent of the space’s posted occupancy limit or according to NYS rules, once those facilities are permitted to open. Venues containing seating should space seating (for example, plan to seat every other row and every third seat). For outdoor spaces everyone must maintain 6-foot separations.

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