Sports spectators update, vaccine expansion, and more!
Sports spectators update, vaccine expansion, and more!
Nazareth College

Campus Updates

Sports spectators update

Great news for Flyer fans! Beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 2, New York state is allowing limited numbers of spectators for college sports. For home sports competitions taking place at Nazareth, starting Friday, a total of 100 spectators or 50% capacity indoors (whichever is less), and 200 spectators or 50% capacity outdoors are permitted.
Those totals include:
  • Up to two parents/guardians/relatives of a Nazareth student-athlete, invited by the student-athlete and registered through the team’s guest list. All campus guests must follow Nazareth’s visitor policy — meaning registered guests get an email the day of the visit with a link to a visitor screening to fill out online, prior to arrival on campus. Campus guests then must show your green badge QR code at a kiosk on campus.
  • Nazareth students, who need a ticket. There are two ways for Nazareth students to seek a spectator ticket. Each Monday, student tickets for the week's games will be available at the GTC. Or one hour before game time, any remaining tickets will be available at the venue. Students, show your NazCard ID and green COVID screening badge to receive a ticket. All tickets are first-come, first-served. Students without tickets are not permitted at home competitions, per the College's COVID-19 spectator policy.
  • If tickets remain at the venue at the start of the competition, they will be available to faculty/staff at the entrance, upon showing NazCard ID and green COVID screening badge.
Admittance is granted first-come, first-served through the invitation/registration and ticketing processes; no further spectators are allowed when the limit of 50% capacity or 100 people indoors, or 200 outdoors, is reached. At this time, the State regulations only allow home team guests. Visitors associated with a visiting team are not yet allowed. Also, tailgating is not permitted on campus.  

Spectators must follow strict health protocols including social distancing, face coverings, and health screening. 

Vaccine expansion

  • All New Yorkers ages 30 and older became eligible for COVID-19 vaccine this week.
  • Vaccine appointments will open to all state residents (including campus addresses) ages 16 and older starting Tuesday, April 6.
For appointments, check the state website or hotline (833-697-4829), the Monroe County webpage, or the Finger Lakes region’s appointment finder (includes pharmacies). The eligible population exceeds the current supply, so the state encourages patience and persistence. New appointments continue to be added on a rolling basis.

For information about the vaccines, effectiveness, how they work, and side effects, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines page.

Mask up

As Archie the golden retriever reminds us: Masks and social distancing continue to be required on campus. Yes, even if you’ve been vaccinated. Yes, in all campus housing (except in your own room/suite/apartment when alone or with only people you live with).

However, it’s OK to take mask breaks outdoors, 15 feet away from others. See more details in the Q&A below. 

Wellness Wednesdays

To support self-care, our Naz Student Health Advisory Committee is offering Wellness Wednesday drop-in events on campus around lunchtime for the next few weeks. The next one will feature relaxation stations in front of the Health and Counseling center from noon- 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. 

Watch the event listings (event calendar or the Naz Mobile App) for details about this and future events; you can select the option to add any event to your e-calendar and get reminders.

Schools ≠ Colleges

When you see state pandemic protocols for “schools” — regarding athletics, performing arts, and classroom distancing — the state is referring to PreK-grade 12 schools. The state puts higher education in a different category, with specific higher education rules.

Travel note

Starting today, New York is not requiring quarantine for domestic travelers coming from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. Details: Travelers section on our Quarantine information webpage.
Take extra care to follow pandemic public health guidelines if you are traveling away from campus, such as for Easter or during Passover.
Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations have recently increased around the country, including in New York state and the Northeast. Similar rises in Europe have led to major surges in the spread of COVID-19, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized with concern this week. The agency provides interactive maps of key data by county for monitoring the pandemic in the United States.

COVID alert level

  • Our campus alert level continues to be 2, which indicates modified operations due to case levels in the area around campus.
  • Details: Campus COVID-19 Alert Levels.

COVID-19 Resources

Have a question? You can send it in using the form on any of those pages.
COVID-19 resources

Questions of the week

I'm fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a mask?


Yes. Mask wearing is still required for now in all common areas for everyone on the Nazareth campus — even those who are fully vaccinated. People seeing you don’t know whether you have been vaccinated, so out of respect and consideration for the comfort and safety of our community, you need to keep your mask on. Also, we have to follow both CDC guidelines and New York State rules for higher education. When those rules change, we can re-evaluate campus rules.
Exceptions are noted on the Face Coverings page, including: It’s OK to take mask breaks outdoors, 15 feet away from others.
That may feel discouraging, but there are plenty of other reasons to get your vaccine. Once fully vaccinated, you are not required to quarantine if you are exposed to a COVID-positive person. And as vaccination rates increase, we expect to get to the point where students can gather with other vaccinated students, mask-free. So mask up, for now. We will celebrate together when we can safely do so!
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