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UNO tightens COVID protocols, bans large events this month

UNO tightens COVID protocols, bans large events this month

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Douglas County wrapped up the old year and started the new one by tallying its highest weekly COVID case count of the pandemic.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha will prohibit large in-person gatherings through January in response to an ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across Nebraska and the country.

UNO announced on Friday that university-sponsored events of 25 people or more both on and off campus will not be approved for the month of January. Food will not be allowed at any gathering regardless of size. 

The size limitation does not apply to classes. UNO's spring semester is scheduled to start Jan. 24.

Masks will be required in the fitness center and at Baxter Arena, and mobile vaccination clinics will return to campus for the spring semester.

The decision was announced just days after Douglas County hit a pandemic high for daily cases. On Wednesday, 1,547 new cases were reported. 

Universities across the state and the country are taking similar steps to slow the spread. UNL announced Wednesday that masks will be required at all indoor events and that students and staff will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to campus. 

UNO will not require testing for students or staff, but free testing is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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