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“Safer at Home” order in place in Sewanee

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:49 pm

University of the South Vice-Chancellor John McCardell has issued a “Safer at Home” for the community.

Residents of Sewanee should shelter inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities” or are outside for exercise and recreation. On those occasions when you are out of your home, the CDC advises you to stay at least six feet away from others.

McCardell’s directive is addressed to faculty, staff, as well as leaseholders on the Domain.

Community members may

•        Go to the grocery, convenience store, gas station, or warehouse store

•        Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities

•        Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)

•        Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru. To find information about local businesses, including take-out menus and hours for Sewanee restaurants as well as other ways to support downtown businesses, please visit the Sewanee Village website.

•        Go to and from work as directed by your employer

•        Care for or support a friend or family member

•        Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise—just keep at least six feet between yourself and others

•        Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary

•        Help someone to get necessary supplies

•        Receive deliveries from any business that delivers

Community members should not

•        Gather in groups larger than 10 people

•        Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need

•        Maintain less than six feet of distance from others when you go out

•        Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on a facility’s website

Students currently off campus may not return to campus without explicit permission in writing. Those found in violation of this directive will be escorted off campus by the Sewanee Police Department.

McCardell stated, “This directive is being issued now because it is urgent that each of us do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The goal is to ‘flatten the curve’ to slow the spread of the virus and ensure we have adequate health care resources for those who get sick with COVID-19 and those who need emergency medical care for accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and other medical events.”