UI Planning Return to On-Campus Operations

By Connor Ciecko

In a Massmail sent out Thursday, Chancellor Robert Jones shared an update with campus staff and faculty about the University’s plan to reopen for on-campus work during the summer. Governor J.B. Pritzker will be moving much of Illinois into phase 3 of his “Restore Illinois” plan beginning on May 29, which will allow for gatherings of 10 people or fewer, the opening of more non-essential businesses and manufacturing, and travel following CDC guidance.

Jones stressed that all units have developed different plans and timelines for the return to campus and that department heads will work with their staff directly to facilitate the transition. CDC risk guidelines and childcare considerations are also being factored into the return plans and staff members with concerns should be in contact with their supervisors to discuss these.

Champaign County has collected a list of businesses that are committed to following CDC and IDPH safety standards to help provide services for those coming back to work. These include business from a variety of fields, such as retail, financial, food & drink and personal care services. This list can be found in full at champaigncountysafe.org.

The Executive Steering Committee in charge of the planning will provide feedback on reopening action by June 1.