Tufts recognized that, with the requirements for social distancing, evenings growing longer, and the weather getting cooler, it was important to encourage students to continue to take advantage of outdoor spaces. We started reviewing where we could use outdoor lights and furniture at buildings and plazas.
Use of these outdoor spaces will require students to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance, wear face masks, and not gather in groups larger than 10. The additional protocols being implemented this week may out of necessity delay this program until the current situation improves.
As a pilot, two locations (Bendetson Hall and the Campus Center) were selected for their covered outdoor spaces and large plazas to receive the first outdoor lights. All of the lighting utilizes light-emitting diode (LED) technology, which uses very little energy. Tufts is also testing light strings powered with solar panels. Adirondack chairs that have been used in lawn areas in the warm, early fall weather will be shifted to these lit plazas soon, and new standing-height tables will be added, especially near dining locations and on south-facing plazas.
An electrical engineer is examining Bendetson Hall and the Campus Center to determine the feasibility of installing outdoor radiant patio heaters; if feasible, other buildings will be examined, as well. The next set of outdoor spaces to receive lights and furniture is being identified now.
Thanksgiving Break Happenings
During the Thanksgiving break, limited meal service has been created to support in-person students while preserving time off for our dining staff and supporting local restaurants.
Students who are not leaving for Thanksgiving break and are therefore planning to complete the semester in person do not need to live on campus or have a meal plan to participate. Any in-person student who told us they were staying when asked several weeks ago and orders food by noon on Thursday, November 19 is eligible.
The majority of meals will be available for pick-up at the Gantcher Center in Medford or 230 Fenway in Boston. Local restaurants will be preparing the meals from a fixed menu. Students were emailed a form to order their meals by Thursday, November 19.
In addition to the meals being provided, we strongly encourage students to stock up in advance on their favorite snacks, fruit, and beverages to enjoy during the break.
Additional information is available on JumboLife about activities scheduled over the break, as well as which campus facilities will be open or closed.
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