TO: Fayette Campus students, faculty and staff
SUBJECT: President’s Communication – COVID-19 Message
Dear Fayette Community,
Yesterday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds released new public health measures that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. today. In reviewing the governor’s summary, it reinforces many of the measures UIU has already undertaken as part of the University’s COVID Care Plan, enacted prior to the start of Fall Semester classes.
It is important to continue to wear masks when in group settings or when distancing is not possible. Outside of the classroom, gatherings of more than 10 people are restricted, per the Governor’s new public health measures. If gatherings of more than 10 people occur, no more than 8 people can be in one group and groups must be separated by a minimum of six feet. It is preferred that individual distancing occur when possible. If a gathering has more than 25 people and is indoors, all participants over 2 years old must wear masks except when eating and drinking. If a gathering has more than 100 people and is outdoors, all participants over 2 years old must wear masks except when eating and drinking. A reminder that UIU requires the wearing of masks on campus when in group settings and distancing is not possible, regardless of the size of the group.
No changes to UIU’s current dining facilities are necessary at this time as group seating is already limited and spaced as required by the Governor’s new measures. Masks are required when not eating and drinking.
Please note that the Governor’s public health measures include requirements at establishments that are located off-campus, including bars and restaurants and personal service establishments such as salons and barbershops. Please abide by these new guidelines when you are in and around the community as part of the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Please continue to follow the University’s COVID Care Plan that has been in effect since the return to face-to-face instruction. As cases rise across Fayette County, the State of Iowa and the entire country, now is not the time to let your guard down. Many hospital systems throughout the Midwest are announcing that their ability to meet the needs of patients is becoming more and more limited and are asking for everyone’s help to mitigate the transfer of COVID-19. We all have a role in leading by example for the health and safety of our University, our communities, our families, and each other. Together, we are #PeacockStrong.
William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S.
Upper Iowa University