Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Easter/Spring Break

Whether you are staying in Baltimore for the break or traveling, please continue to wear your mask, engage in social distancing, practice good handwashing hygiene, and be aware of—and comply with—any COVID-19 guidelines wherever you go. Please avoid high-risk gatherings, particularly those involving large groups. Even if you are visiting people you know, continue to wear your mask.

If you are at home or traveling and start to have symptoms: You should stop socializing, quarantine, and seek out medical attention at an urgent care or with your doctor. 

If you are on campus and begin to feel sick: Contact Student Health Services, which will be open Monday through Wednesday during the break. For medical concerns or questions Thursday, April 1, through Monday, April 5, or please reach out to our medical partners who are on-call through the holiday break at 410-583-9396 on the other days. If you test positive while home or traveling, let Student Health Services know at covidhelp@loyola.edu

Travel restrictions: As a reminder, we are asking that students only travel domestically and use all health precautions while traveling. We are not permitting students to travel internationally during the break and then return to campus because of the COVID-19 risks associated with international travel. 

Consider testing before return: If you are home or going home for the break, we strongly encourage you to get a COVID test prior to returning to campus to decrease risk for unintentional spread of COVID. This will also allow you to be comfortable at home during your period of isolation if you were to test positive. 

If You Stay on Evergreen

If you are living in Loyola housing, you are most welcome to stay in your housing for the break. If you are not under quarantine or in a CARP, you may visit the Loyola/Notre Dame Library and the Fitness & Aquatic Center, which will have reduced hours.

Library Hours:

  • Saturday, March 27: Noon-6 p.m. 
  • Sunday, March 28: Noon-7 p.m. 
  • Monday, March 29-Thursday, April 1: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 
  • Friday, April 2 (Good Friday): 9 a.m.-noon 
  • Saturday, April 3-Sunday, April 4: CLOSED 
  • Monday, April 5 (Easter Monday): Noon-6 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, April 6-Friday, April 9: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 10: Noon-6 p.m. (resume normal hours)

Dining services will be provided on a reduced schedule.

Campus Ministry will offer services in Alumni Memorial Chapel for Holy Week and Easter. 

What to Expect after Break 

We know you’ll be excited to see each other after the break, but please be mindful and limit interactions while we complete baseline testing for the safety of our community.

CARP will be in place

Students in Loyola housing will participate in a CARP as we conduct baseline testing for the rest of the semester. Beginning on Easter Sunday evening, all meals will be grab-and-go. All classes and events will be held online until everyone has been tested and results have been assessed. You can review the CARP guidelines here. We expect to end the CARP during the weekend of April 10, but we will communicate the end date and time that week. There is always a chance that test results would dictate a modified CARP for segments or our whole campus community. 

Mandatory campus-wide testing after the break

All students who are attending in-person classes and activities this semester MUST be tested during the CARP after the break from Tuesday, April 6 – Friday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. in Reitz Arena. Whether you have traveled, stayed on campus, or remained in Baltimore, you must participate in this testing. Please be patient in the results reporting process. You will receive your testing results within 36 to 72 hours via email from LifeBridge Health. This is what you need to know and do:

  • Sign up now: If you haven’t signed up for your mandatory post-break test, go to Aura and sign up now using the location, “Loyola Return from Spring Break Testing.” Students must sign up for a test by noon on Tuesday, April 6. If you do not schedule your test by noon on Wednesday, April 7, you will lose all swipe access except to your Loyola housing; be denied participation in in-person classes and labs; be denied participation in activities, including athletics; and be fined $250.
  • Show up for your test: You will check in on the second floor of the Andrew White Student Center just outside Reitz Arena. If you do not show up for your test, you will also lose all swipe access except to your Loyola housing; be denied participation in in-person classes and labs; be denied participation in activities, including athletics; and be fined an additional $250. Students who work in jobs on campus are not permitted to work during the CARP until they have a negative test.
  • Why will you be fined if you do not comply? We do not want to fine our students, but we feel we have no alternative. Not all students are complying, and the resources we are spending tracking down students who fail to sign up and show up for testing are taking away from resources needed to support our students. All students who do not comply will also be subject to the student conduct process.
  • If you cannot participate in testing: You must make arrangements in advance with Student Health Services at covidtesting@loyola.edu and provide a legitimate reason for not participating.

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