University updates COVID-19 policies, opens walk-in flu clinic
Over the past week, the University provided key updates regarding COVID-19 policies and flu shots.
Changes to gathering guidelines on campus
Following Gov. Charlie Baker’s recent update to the Massachusetts COVID-19 regulations and advisories, the University explained how students on and off campus will be affected in a Nov. 5 email.
As of Nov. 6, all Brandeis students living in Massachusetts, regardless of whether they are on campus, are limited to hosting indoor gatherings with a maximum of 10 people and outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 25 people. Masks must be worn at all times. If a member of a gathering tests positive for the virus, the host must notify the local board of health. Individuals who violate these mandates may be charged a fine of up to $500 per violation.
It is also advised that Massachusetts residents stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the exception of leaving for essential needs, school or work.
University events can no longer run past 9:30 p.m., and the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center will also close at that time from Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, Gosman will close at 8 p.m. Past 9:30 p.m. throughout the week, food services at Upper Usdan will only be available for takeout, and seating areas will be closed.
Walk-in flu clinic
The Brandeis Health Center began offering a walk-in flu vaccine clinic on Nov. 9. The free clinic, which does not require students to make an appointment, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Nov. 13, according to a Nov. 8 email from the Health Center.