March 16, 2021 - University Travel Policy Eased for Easter Weekend
On March 5, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ended the travel restrictions that had been in effect since November 2020. It is no longer necessary for travelers from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test when visiting the state.
As a result, and knowing that many in the Duquesne community wish to travel to see loved ones over the Easter weekend, the University is adjusting its policy on travel.
Duquesne still strongly encourages people not to travel until the end of the semester. However, if students, faculty or staff do choose to travel and then plan to return to campus for any reason, they must take a COVID-19 test immediately upon their return.
Testing is being provided free-of-charge by the University. Students can make an appointment through the SONA system. Duquesne University Health Services also is organizing times for walk-in testing in the Genesius Theater in the days immediately following Easter.
Since Duquesne is encouraging students to stay on campus for this Easter weekend, the University will let meal plans remain open during that time for use at the Incline and the Campus Market.
If students, faculty or staff decide to travel, remember that you owe it to your roommates, classmates, professors and co-workers to use safe hygiene practices, engage in preventive behaviors, and ensure that you test negative prior to your return. Therefore, the University highly recommends that you:
- Take a COVID-19 test prior to departure, to minimize risk to others
- Ask the people you plan to visit to take a COVID-19 test
- Follow all safety protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing, practicing proper hygiene and limiting the number of people at gatherings
- Discuss plans with your roommate (if you have one) so that each of you are aware of the other person’s plan.