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COVID-19 updates: closure of admissions testing sites, travel quarantine exemptions, in-person tours resume

The Shapiro Admissions Center testing site will be closed starting April 1, according to an email sent to the Brandeis community on March 29 by Morgen Bergman, COVID-19 Testing Program Director and Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives. 

The admissions site will be closing in order to use the building for admissions events for admitted students of the class of 2025, wrote Bergman. A new testing site will open up in Ridgewood A Commons, community members will enter from the rear entrance of the building. 

Community members getting tested will no longer be allowed to park in the Admissions lot, 15 minute parking spots in the Theater lot have been opened instead for people getting tested, wrote Bergman. Signs will be put up for community members to follow to the new location. 

The Campus Passport will now offer a COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure, according to the same email. Community members that have been vaccinated by one of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines—Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson—can update their vaccination status on the portal. Community members may only fill out their vaccination status after having both doses of Moderna and Pfizer or after their single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. In the portal, community members will be prompted to submit a photo of their vaccination card which will be reviewed by a medical provider before receiving a vaccinated sticker on their passport, according to the email.

For vaccinated community members, they will no longer be required to quarantine after traveling from out-of-state, according to the same email. Fully vaccinated individuals will not have to quarantine if it has been 14 days since their final dose of the vaccine. Vaccinated community members will only be exempt from the travel quarantine if their passports have been updated to show they have been vaccinated. Students are still not allowed to travel outside the state of Massachusetts without the approval of the Dean of Students Office, wrote Bergman. The Provost’s Office grants permission for faculty and staff who require traveling outside of the state. 

Community members who have been vaccinated are still required to get tested, according to the same email. The university does not have sufficient public health data to change the testing protocol for the community, even for vaccinated individuals.

In-person campus tours have resumed for admitted students for the class of 2025, Dan Kim, Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and External Relations wrote in an email sent out to the Brandeis community on March 30. 

In-person tours are not running at full capacity, and only on a limited basis, wrote Kim. Admitted students and their families are required to provide a negative test result 72 hours before coming to campus to the admissions office. All visitors for these tours will also be required to fill out the Daily Health Assessment which all community members take, according to the email. 

Admissions representatives will meet with prospective students in outdoor spaces and tours groups will only be allowed in the Shapiro Admissions Center and the Shapiro Campus Center for brief stops, wrote Kim. Admitted students and their families will not be allowed inside any other buildings on campus. Visitors are required to follow health and safety guidelines including practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

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