With the first day of Spring just days away, there are signs of hope all around us.
The number of Americans vaccinated against the COVID virus increases every day. The most recent reports from the federal government show that more than 71 million people (approximately 22% of the U.S. population) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and by the end of May, there will be enough doses available for all adult Americans.
The rate of deaths attributed to COVID is decreasing.
Amid great caution, restrictions we have lived with for over a year are slowly being relaxed. Just this week, Governor Wolf announced effective April 4 some restrictions on bars and restaurants will be lifted as well as an increase of occupancy at certain venues.
Given these promising developments, Point Park University expects to resume traditional, in-person classes and on campus operations for Fall 2021. As we have seen over the last year, plans can and do change based on the pandemic. While it is our intention to be fully on campus for the Fall, we also must be ready to adapt if circumstances change related to COVID.
The University remains committed to a safe, clean and healthy campus environment for all. We will continue to follow all guidelines in place and will continue to work closely with the Allegheny County Health Department and our medical partners at UPMC to understand and follow the federal, state and local guidelines in place.
Please remember that all guidelines currently in place on campus regarding masking, social distancing and gathering caps remain in effect.
In the coming weeks we will be releasing more information on health, safety and operation protocols for Fall 2021.