Kylie McGovern, Editor
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Beginning Jan. 14, Explorers began moving on to campus with restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. La Salle and other universities in Philadelphia will take steps to ensure the safety of those on campus this semester. Changes and new rules have been instituted regarding dining services, use of recreational facilities and walking around campus. All of these measures function within Pennsylvania’s ordinances for the pandemic, as well Philadelphia’s guidelines.
La Salle Dining has increased their cleaning protocols in areas where food is prepared. All equipment utilized in cleaning and sanitation, including dishwashers, glass cleaners, chemical dispensers, etc. are checked multiple times for correct temperatures, concentrations and functionality to ensure cleanliness in the kitchen. The dining staff received hand hygiene training, an increased schedule of mandatory handwashing and instructions on the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves. In addition, the dining services have provided students and guests with more handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, ‘no-touch’ service options, targeted signage and communication to promote hand hygiene. Signage, floor graphics and traffic flow patterns are in place to encourage social distancing. Where allowed, socially distanced seating areas are also established and maintained. In spaces with increased close contact and areas where social distancing is not always possible, the University has installed plexiglass as an enhanced layer of protection. In addition, the dining sidekick app is now in use. Students can use the app to place a mobile order rather than dining in person. In addition, more hours have been added to dining areas to promote social distancing. A Good Uncle food truck has also arrived on campus and is delivering orders placed through an app to drop off areas around campus.
Currently, the only recreational offerings are on a reservation basis at the IBC Fitness Center on South Campus. The center is closed on Saturdays. To reserve a spot, students should visit www.imleagues.com and create an account. Students will then be able to reserve a spot to use the facilities. On the website, users must select the area(s) they wish to use and can only use those area(s) during their session. Club sports and intramural programs are not currently being offered.
As for around campus, face masks must be worn in all indoor settings on campus including classrooms, laboratories, common spaces in residence halls and apartment living, restrooms, dining halls and all other university buildings, including offices and the library. Face masks and physical distancing are required while walking throughout campus.