COVID-19 State Mandate Adjustments and Continued University Requirements

Important Update on COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic at Radford University Message from President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

Dear Radford Family:

Earlier this week, Governor Northam issued a third amended version of Executive Order 72, which becomes effective this coming Monday, March 1, 2021. Per the Governor’s directive, the indoor limit for both on-campus and off-campus gatherings will remain at 10 individuals. However, the Governor is providing additional flexibility for outdoor gatherings. As such, beginning this Monday, gatherings for outdoor locations will be limited to 25 individuals both on-campus and off-campus. For both indoor and outdoor gatherings, it is critically important that a minimum of six feet of physical distancing is maintained at all times. Failure to do so, especially for off-campus gatherings, may result in disciplinary action as a direct result of continued patrols and strong enforcement in accordance with the Standards of Student Conduct.

Also, effective Monday, a modified stay-at-home order will no longer be in place, meaning that activities of Commonwealth of Virginia residents will not be restricted between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. These changes are certainly positive signs for our campus and the Commonwealth. However, the possibility and risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19 remains a reality in our everyday lives. As the vaccine roll-out continues, face coverings and physical distancing continue to be our best defense. By complying with the Governor’s order and following the University’s requirements, we will continue to place the health, safety, and well-being of all Highlanders first and foremost!

With Highlander Pride,

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.