On Aug. 1, the university notified the campus community that with the first day of classes a little over two weeks away, it was recommended that students, faculty and staff limit travel and interactions with those who are not in their immediate household in order to reduce exposure and help keep our community safe. Here are additional resources related to travel:
Office of International Education and Development
University-sponsored local travel
On March 11, university-sponsored travel outside the state of North Carolina was suspended and travel within the state to gatherings of 100 or more people was suspended. This included student organizations. Travel outside the area remains on pause.
However, for departments considering local travel for university business during fall semester, here are COVID-19 safety precautions from Appalachian’s Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management:
Transportation Safety Guidelines for COVID-19
The purpose of these guidelines is to help minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 where university owned or leased vehicles are involved. Elimination of the need for group travel is always the preferred option for keeping yourself and others safe from the virus. Non-essential travel should not take place. If the need for group travel cannot be eliminated, the guidelines below must be followed to help keep yourself and others safe while operating a vehicle:
- Do not allow anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 to operate a university vehicle or participate in group travel.
- All drivers and passengers must properly wear a face covering at all times while in the vehicle. No eating or drinking in a vehicle during group travel.
- No vehicle should be operated at over 50% occupancy. For example, if a van has 12 seatbelts, no more than 6 total people should be in the vehicle.
- Passengers must be spaced out in the vehicle to the best of their ability. Avoid sitting on the same row as another passenger. Also avoid sitting directly in front of, or behind, another passenger when possible.
- Where plausible, windows should be down during travel to provide fresh air to the vehicle. Avoid using the recirculated air option on the vehicles ventilation system.
- Reduce the duration of travel whenever possible. Plan your route to minimize time needed in the vehicle. Being in close proximity to others for over fifteen minutes greatly increases the likelihood of virus transmission.
- Ensure vehicles are properly cleaned between uses. University guidance to clean shared vehicles can be found here. (PDF)