UPDATE 03/04: According to LMU Communications, registration has opened for outdoor recreation spaces. This will include Drollinger Field, a walk/run path on campus and the tennis courts. Reservations are limited to five people per activity and must be made three days in advance. Students with reservations will be allowed on campus beginning March 8.
The university announced that it would begin reopening specific areas of the Westchester campus following spring break in a Community Advisory email on February 25. Areas to be reopened include the William H. Hannon Library, outdoor recreation spaces and the College of Communications and Fine Arts (CFA). This decision is in alignment with health guidelines for higher education from the LA Country Department of Public Health.
News that LMU would begin phased reopening comes nearly a month after the university announced plans to return to in-person instruction by fall 2021. Three days prior to the announcement, the LA County Department of Public Health updated its guidelines for institutions of higher education, “to allow limited additional activities to resume on [Institutes of Higher Education] campuses with safety modifications.”
Access to campus will be conducted exclusively by reservations, the sign-up links for which will be released shortly, according to the announcement. Furthermore, the university announced other restrictions and limitations. For example, “guest and visitors are not permitted in student housing facilities,” and all dining areas except for The Grid@Leavey and the Lion Boba Cart will remain closed. All visitors must wear face coverings and abide by physical distancing recommendations when on campus, and they must submit a Lion Health Check via the Rave Guardian app.
Reopening of the William H. Hannon Library will begin on March 15, albeit with limited capacity. The university specified that “students will be permitted to reserve an individual study space for 2-hour increments 10 times per person this semester. Initially, the library will be open Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.”
Outdoor recreation areas will also reopen on a limited basis, but the Burns Recreation Center, including the pool, tennis courts, and outdoor basketball courts on campus will not reopen at this time.
CFA, which includes fine arts and communications majors, will reopen “selected creative and studio spaces to designated groups of performing and fine arts majors.” More information about this will be sent out in the upcoming weeks by CFA.
At this time, the LMU Covid Dashboard reports that there have been 1,185,457 confirmed cases in LA County and 134 Lab-confirmed Covid cases in the LMU community, 60 being students.
The Loyolan is following this story as it develops.