COVID-19 Important Update—September 23, 2021

To the Bowdoin community,

Tuesday’s PCR testing has identified one new student case of COVID-19. This student is currently in isolation and being cared for by our isolation care team. Close contacts have been notified and are following the close contact protocol for students or employees.

As we have said before, COVID-19 will be with us for some time, and as a fully vaccinated community, we will have to learn to live with its presence. We have been pleased by the recent low case load among students, faculty, and staff, and we appreciate how the community has come together to take our health and safety precautions seriously. As a result, we are moving to campus status level Green tomorrow (Friday, September 24), with a few caveats.

Because face coverings can be critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19, we are keeping the indoor mask mandate in effect with the following modifications:

  • Face coverings are not required while actively eating and drinking but please wear you mask before and after your meal;
  • Face coverings are not required for students in their own residence halls or for faculty and staff in private offices with doors closed;
  • Face coverings are not required for relaxing or studying alone in Smith Union when the density is low-to-moderate and when you are able to maintain an adequate distance (at least six feet) from others. If the density is high you are close to others or engaging with staff directly for services, please wear your mask.

We are asking all community members to take it upon themselves to make sure they are following these guidelines.

Dining will resume operating at full capacity for students beginning with dinner Friday evening. There will still be express options in Thorne and Moulton and Fast Track at Jack Magee’s Grill for those who prefer to take their meals to go, but please take a single meal and only if you have not already dined elsewhere.

Thank you for taking care of yourselves and others.

Mike Ranen