Campus Restrictions to Loosen Tuesday

Dear Bradley Students, 

Congratulations on a successful start to the spring semester. We’re happy to report the number of positive COVID-19 cases is relatively low, as is the number of students in quarantine and isolation. Those elements, coupled with the current Peoria region levels, allow us to loosen some of the campus restrictions beginning Tuesday, Feb 9.  

If you’ve received vaccinations, you’re still expected to participate in all campus mitigation strategies, including masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene and asymptomatic testing. If CDC guidance changes in this regard, we’ll update accordingly. Additionally, these same guidelines are in place if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. These expectations apply to all students living on campus and in the near off-campus area. Commuter students must follow these guidelines when they are physically on campus.

Here are a few of the highlights. Please review the table below for a full list of expectations and specific details.

  • Dining-in at off-campus restaurants is allowed, following the State of Illinois guidelines.
  • Organizations may be approved to host indoor (or outdoor) events, activities, meetings, and/or tabling.
  • Students are allowed to have a limited number of guests in their residences.
  • Public study spaces have been added in the library and throughout campus.
  • Everyone is still required to wear a mask, covering the nose and mouth at all times, whether inside or outside with appropriate distancing. The only time students don't have to wear a mask is when in their sleeping room.

What we do as individuals impacts the entire Bradley community. and each of us has a continued responsibility to do our part to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on our campus. Let’s remain vigilant with our choices and actions and continue on our strong path. We will continue to evaluate our campus expectations and look for opportunities to ease restrictions based on the COVID-19 numbers on campus, in the community, as State of Illinois guidelines may allow and as the weather turns more favorable.

Below is a look at the revised expectations that go into effect Tuesday, Feb 9. Changes from the fall have been noted in red. 

Revised date Activity Isolation
(see more guidelines here)
Quarantine
(see more guidelines here)
General Student Body
revised 2/8/21 Dine-in at off-campus eating or drinking establishments (i.e., restaurants, cafes, bars) NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, with caution. While many restaurants have reopened with limited inside dining and hours of operation, it's highly recommended you continue to take advantage of to-go options. If you chose to eat in, you must follow safe COVID-19 precautions. State of Illinois guidelines for restaurants can be found here.
revised 2/8/21 Dine-in at on-campus facilities NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, you may dine-in by yourself or with one other friend in the following locations:
  • Geisert Dining Hall
  • Center Court
  • Michel Student Center
  • BECC
Hours of operation, capacity limits, usage limits and cleaning instructions will be posted in each of these areas. It's your responsibility to adhere to all posted expectations and instructions.
Pick up meals to-go from a Dining Hall or the Michel Student Center NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, absolutely!
revised 2/8/21 Order food/groceries for delivery NO, if you are living in a residence hall.
YES, with caution, if you are living in an off-campus residence.
YES, if you live in a residence hall and you coordinate it with spending time outside. YES, with caution if you live in an off-campus residence. YES, go for it.
Order food/groceries for pick-up and carry-out NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, go for it.
revised 2/8/21 Study or do remote learning outside of my residence NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, absolutely! Cullom-Davis library, lower level of the Michel Student Center, open collaboration spaces in academic buildings and other previously approved study locations are set up and ready for you. Additionally, the library is accepting reservations for study spaces in advance and will also offer drop-in spaces. You can make a reservation for the library here.
revised 2/8/21 Visit other students in their room, apartment or off-campus residence OR host guest(s) in your room, apartment or off-campus residence NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, with caution.
If you live in a residence hall, you may host one guest in your room (and your roommate may do the same simultaneously): if that guest is a Bradley student; if the total number of guests in the residence hall room does not exceed two; if all residents and guests are masked and physically distanced (if possible) when in the residence hall room.

If you live in an apartment or house with one to four residents, you may host one guest in your apartment or house (and your apartment/housemates may do the same): if that guest is a Bradley student; if the total number of guests in the apartment or house does not exceed four; if all residents and guests are masked and physically distanced when in the same room.

If you live in an apartment or house (including Greek Life) with five or more residents, you may host one guest in your apartment or house (and up to three of your apartment/housemates may do so simultaneously): if that guest is a Bradley student; if the total number of guests in the apartment or house does not exceed four; if all residents and guests are masked and physically distanced when in the same room.
revised 2/8/21 Visit with friends in indoor residence hall common areas NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, you may use the common spaces in your residence hall and other building common spaces. Do not rearrange furniture as it is set for physical distancing, and you must abide by occupancy limits. Students are allowed to use these spaces with other students who don't live on the same floor or in the same building.
Visit Health Services for a scheduled medical or counseling appointment YES, as needed. YES, as needed. YES, as needed.
Run essential errands off-campus (e.g., medical provider visits, pharmacy, grocery store) NO, unfortunately. NO, if you are living in a residence hall.
YES, with caution, if you are living in an off-campus residence.
YES, with caution.
Attend work (on campus or off campus) after confirming with your employer NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, with caution.
revised 2/8/21 Engage in off-campus learning experiences NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, with caution.
revised 2/8/21 Host an indoor or outdoor event for your student organization NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, with caution. While online events/activities/meetings are still preferred, you may host an in-person indoor or outdoor event/activity/meeting for your student organization. All event plans must be reviewed and approved by the consultants program through Event Services. Your event/activity/meeting must be registered in Presence, and you must track attendance using the CheckPoint app. All events must comply with COVID-19 capacity restrictions. For more information about how to safely plan and implement an event/activity for your student organization, please contact the Student Activities Office at studentactivities@bradley.edu or (309) 677-3050. Event approval will take a minimum of five business days and is subject to limited space availability.
Volunteer off campus for a non-profit organization NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, with caution. Ideally, you will take advantage of virtual volunteer opportunities at this time. If you choose to volunteer in person, you must be masked and maintain physical distancing. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities and COVID-19 volunteerism guidelines, please visit the Braves Volunteer COVID-19 page.
Attend church or another faith-based service NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, with caution. Ideally, you will take advantage of virtual church or other faith-based services at this time. If you choose to attend in person, you must be masked and maintain physical distancing. If you arrive at your church or other faith-based service, and others are not following safe COVID-19 precautions, you should leave immediately.
Return to your permanent residence to visit family members YES, with caution. You may return to your permanent residence for the duration of your isolation, but you must consult with Bradley Health Services before you leave campus. YES, with caution. You may return to your permanent residence for the duration of your quarantine, but you must let your RA and dining services know if you live in a residence hall. YES, with caution. Students should avoid all unnecessary personal travel. This is an important step to further protect our campus community, as each time students leave campus, the likelihood of bringing illness back to our campus increases.
However, if you choose to travel to your permanent residence, we implore you to practice safe COVID-19 precautions and to be extremely diligent about safety precautions upon your return. Ideally, you will limit trips to your permanent residence to the greatest extent possible (i.e. for emergencies). 
revised 2/8/21 Have my immediate family members visit me in person NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES, with caution. Your parents or other immediate family members may visit you on campus, but they may not enter your residence hall floor or room. Parents or immediate family members must also be masked and physically distanced while they are on campus. If you live off campus, your parents or other immediate family members may visit your residence, but everyone in your residence (residents and guests) must be masked and physically distanced when in the same room with your family member(s).
Use Markin Center and athletic facilities NO, unfortunately. NO, unfortunately. YES. The Markin Center is open in a limited capacity. Review the Markin Center Policies and Procedures carefully before visiting. 
Spend time outside NO, unfortunately. YES, with limitations. If you live in a residence hall, this must be coordinated with your RA. YES, absolutely! You may, while masked and physically distanced, sit on the Quad, go for a run/walk, visit a park, visit a recreation area, visit an open-air marketplace, play sports, or do any other outdoor activity as allowed by the State of Illinois COVID-19 Guidelines, as long as it doesn’t violate any of our other Bradley University COVID-19 guidelines.

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