UMD to close isolation and quarantine housing two weeks before semester ends

Old Leonardtown which consists of six three-story garden apartment buildings. (Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)

Quarantine and isolation housing at the University of Maryland is set to close Dec. 8, two weeks before the end of the semester, according to a Tuesday email from the Department of Resident Life.

Students who test positive for the coronavirus on or after Dec. 8 will be required to quarantine at their permanent residence or elsewhere, according to the email. 

The announcement follows Thursday’s update on the university’s policies for Thanksgiving break, which now state that students may not come back to the campus if they travel over the break. The update marked a change from the university’s original announcement prompted by rising coronavirus cases in the county and state. 

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The rise in cases has also spurred a change in the guest policy for students living in on-campus suites and apartments. Effective Nov. 25, those students can only host one guest, who must be another student staying on-campus for the remainder of the semester, the email read. They previously could host two guests.

Students who elect to stay in university housing for the rest of the semester will have to leave their dorms 24 hours after their last exam, no later than 7 p.m. on Dec. 22, according to Tuesday’s email. Students with extenuating circumstances can request emergency housing during winter break.

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