By Jordan Beach 

Reinhardt University is shifting in daily operations following declarations of emergency issued by local government.

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On March 25, Cherokee County issued a Declaration of Local Emergency with Shelter in Place guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. The declaration and guidelines are in effect until April 9.

The Shelter in Place guidelines issued by Cherokee County apply to students living on Reinhardt University’s campus. In general, the guidelines state for residents to shelter at their place of residence, only leaving their place of residence for essential items. Essential items include groceries, medications and going to work at an essential place of employment, or for medical care.

As it pertains to Reinhardt University’s campus, these guidelines apply to students remaining on campus. Additionally, students should remain in their assigned residence halls unless leaving for meals provided by Campus Dining or exercising outdoors. In any case, students should continue practicing social distancing. 

In order to adhere to these guidelines, Campus Dining has shifted operations to The Nook in Hasty Student Life Center. Food will only be served by dining staff as “grab and go.”  

Continental Breakfast, such as fruit, yogurt and pastries, will be served from 9-10 a.m. Brunch will be offered 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and dinner will be offered 4:30-6:30 p.m. All food options will be offered in to-go-boxes with disposable silverware with to-go beverages. Students will have a salad option, a protein option, two vegetable options, two starch options and a dessert option. Meals will be served at the door of The Nook; students are not allowed to eat within dining spaces. 

Students may utilize outdoor areas on Reinhardt’s campus for exercise and are expected to follow the social distancing guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control, especially remaining at least six feet apart from others. All University athletic facilities will remain closed, and students are asked to not attempt to gain entry into these facilities, including the gym and weight rooms. Any activity of more than 10 people is in violation of city and county ordinances and the Executive Order from Governor Brian Kemp.

Please read the Declaration of Local Emergency with Shelter in Place guidelines for more information on the guidelines.

Refer to Reinhardt’s Frequently Asked Question page in response to COVID-19 for information regarding how Reinhardt University is responding to the pandemic.