Each member of the NGU community is expected to practice physical distancing by remaining six feet apart when feasible.
According to the CDC:
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about six feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and droplets from their mouths or noses are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least six feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Physical distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Here are suggestions that further support physical distancing:
- Avoid gatherings of large groups, and stay away from crowded places
- Use a video platform or other communication tool for individual meetings with professors or other students
- Limit occupancy in elevators – take the stairs
Also, there are many noticeable changes to office spaces, waiting areas, eateries, and social settings around campus that encourage physical distancing such as:
- Many visual cues, such as signage and floor decals, have been added to indicate where to stand
- Clear barriers have been placed about the campus where appropriate, especially in areas where there may be a high concentration of interaction.
- Directional signage has been placed as applicable. Some buildings have designated entry and exit doors.
- Capacity has been adjusted in areas such as break rooms, lounges, laundry rooms, kitchen areas, and waiting and staging areas.
- Furniture in common areas has been adjusted to allow for adequate physical distancing.