TUSCALOOSA, AL – The University of Alabama has issued stay-at-home guidelines for students after 1,000 students have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak forced Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox to issue an executive order to help ensure the health and safety of our UA + Tuscaloosa communities.
Maddox’s order did the following to prevent the spread of the virus within the student body and between students and residents of Tuscaloosa.
-Closing of bars effective for the next 14 days (Aug. 24-Sept. 8), starting at 5pm tonight.
-Elimination of bar service at restaurants, for the next 14 days (Aug. 24-Sept. 8), starting at 5pm tonight. Only table service is allowed.
-Request of the Alabama Beverage Control Board that all of Tuscaloosa County be placed under a prohibition of sales of alcohol, on-premises consumption at bars from Aug.24-Sept.8.
“The goal of all of these protocols is to keep our students on campus and allow our classes to be delivered in that way, and by doing that we’re able to flatten this curve and move forward in our semester. This is a very dynamic situation. We value our students’ health, their ability to get the most out of their Tuscaloosa and Alabama experience.” said University President Bell.
Reports claim students contracted the virus through off-campus parties and on-campus fraternity and sorority parties.
Earlier this month, an off-campus party was the cause of an outbreak at Notre Dame University.
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced in-person classes for the University’s undergraduate students are suspended until Sept. 2 and for graduate and professional students replaced by remote instruction only because positive rates for the coronavirus continue to climb.