Protecting your Health at Thanksgiving Gatherings and Updated Face Covering Guidance

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 2:16pm

TO: Campus Community
FR: Joyce Lopes, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer
 
Campus Community,
 
As the celebration of Thanksgiving is upon us, we hope you will have the opportunity to rest and safely enjoy the holiday. The California Department of Public Health has issued new guidelines for gatherings and travel during this holiday season. The new guidelines are in line with the current rapid progression of COVID-19 cases in California and the Sonoma County region. Our campus continues to proactively act in an abundance of caution to protect our community. 
 
Travel Advisory 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  California State Department of Public Health, and local public health officials have issued travel advisories for residents who travel outside of the Bay Area region or out of the state – recommending they self-quarantine for 14 days after returning home.
 
It is our expectation that our entire campus community follow local and state health orders and advisories relating to travel. In order to help keep you and the SSU community healthy and safe, anyone who leaves the Bay Area is encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return and to contact their faculty or appropriate administrator.   
 
Tips for Safe Holiday Gatherings:

  • Stay outdoors and follow all physical distancing and facial covering safety procedures.
  • Keep it small by only allowing three separate households (including the host family) and no more than 12 people.
  • Limit the gathering to 2 hours or less.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly.
  • Serve yourself with one-time use utensils, and do not share cutlery, dinnerware, or beverages.
  • View more tips about having a safe holiday gathering.

 
Face Covering Update
Beginning today, all persons who are on-campus are required to wear face coverings at all times; including when outdoors. Additionally, the use of bandanas, neck gaiters, or scarves is no longer permitted – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend these types of face coverings as effective barriers against the spread of COVID. Face coverings are available at Seawolf Services for on-campus personnel.  Signage on campus will be updated in the coming days to reflect this change.
 
Questions
If you have any questions about these updates or information included above, please contact the COVID Monitoring Team at covid.monitoring@sonoma.edu or via phone at (707) 664-COVID (2684).