Officials relax on-campus visitor restrictions

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The adjustment will only apply to the fall semester and will be reversed in the spring, according to the email.

Officials are slightly relaxing restrictions on the guest policy for on-campus students.

Stewart Robinette and Seth Weinshel, the assistant deans of students for Campus Living and Residential Education, announced Wednesday that effective immediately, they will allow on-campus residents to host one resident in their room, as long as the guest is from the same residence hall. Students will be able to visit one another between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., and guests must follow social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines officials have previously set.

“The fall adjustment is contingent upon continued successful adherence by the majority of residents to the public health measures that have limited the rates of COVID-19 transmission on campus,” Robinette and Weinshel said in an email to on-campus residents.

The adjustment will only apply to the fall semester and will be reversed in the spring, according to the email. Students are still not allowed to have visitors living off campus in their rooms.

“Visitors who are not part of our approved on-campus cohort this semester, including family or friends, may not be following the same public health protocols such as testing and symptom monitoring, and their visits may put our community at risk,” Robinette and Weinshel said.

The move comes days after GW’s test positivity rate surpassed 2 percent for the first time this semester.

Students in quarantine or isolation are not allowed to have guests, the email states. The policy does not apply to student-athletes living on campus, according to the email.

“Student athletes living in affinity spaces are prohibited from hosting or being guests outside of their team bubble,” the email states.

About 500 students were allowed to move into on-campus housing this fall, needing to adhere to strict social-distancing guidelines.

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