COVID-19 outbreak leads U-Md. to move classes online and keep students in dorms (subscription)

The University of Maryland will move all classes online for the next week and has asked students who live on the College Park campus to stay in their residences in an effort to squelch a worrisome rise in coronavirus infections. U-Md. President Darryll J. Pines described the measures as “Urgent COVID Actions” in an email Saturday to the campus community.

“We have reached a critical point in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and we all have a responsibility to keep our community and our neighbors safe,” Pines wrote. “It is imperative that every campus citizen follow our 4 Maryland protocols and these new interventions.”

Under the restrictions, students at the flagship university are required to “sequester-in-place”, meaning that they should stay in dormitories or sorority or fraternity houses as much as possible. They are allowed to go outside “to get fresh air only in the area immediately surrounding their residence hall and to pick-up food from dining halls.”

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