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University Leaders: Practice Safe Behaviors During Labor Day Weekend

By Maryland Today Staff

In an email to campus today, University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines, Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo and Dr. Sacred Bodison, interim director of the University Health Center, said resuming in-person instruction as planned on Sept. 14 could depend on vigilance against COVID-19 during the extended Labor Day holiday weekend.

“Our collective behavior this weekend is critical,” they wrote. “By next week, we will determine if the conditions are right to resume in-person classes. If necessary, we will change plans immediately.”

That means avoiding travel, keeping to a small circle of close contacts and staying away from parties or gatherings stretching beyond that close circle, according to the email.

They thanked the campus for following the 4 Maryland safety guidelines—wear a mask, wash hands frequently, maintain physical distance, stay home if sick—and recommended keeping it up.

“Most of you are doing these behaviors, and all of us need to do them all the time, no fail, for UMD to begin in-person classes as planned,” they wrote. “Our virus testing has found a low number of positive cases. Let's keep it that way.”

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