University of Maryland students living in dorms are now allowed to host guests in their rooms and eat in common areas, according to a Monday email from the Department of Resident Life.
Students in traditional and semi-suite rooms may host one guest at a time, according to the email. Residents in apartments and suite-style housing may host a maximum of two guests per unit at a time.
The announcement follows a decrease in campus COVID-19 cases since spring break. From March 28 to April 4, the university reported 23 new cases and 14 unconfirmed self-reported cases.
The restriction on eating in lounges has been in place since early February. Under the new guidelines, students are expected to wear masks when not actively eating or drinking and must remain at least six feet apart from others at all times, according to the email.
Last week, university administrators announced the lifting of several other restrictions on the campus. Effective Monday, the university is allowing students to dine-in at dining halls at 50 percent occupancy and resuming in-person classes, among other changes.