March 1, 2021
Dear Durham Faculty, Staff and Students—
Because we continue to see a decline in the number of positive COVID cases as a result of your vigilance and commitment, the Durham campus will return to yellow mode of operation effective immediately. If you were working or studying remotely before the campus transitioned to orange mode of operation please continue to do so.
Thank you for helping us to get here, but let me be clear. We’re not out of the woods yet. We know that small indoor gatherings are just as likely to spread the virus as the so-called super spreader events unless public health guidelines (physical distancing, face coverings and keeping gatherings small) are followed. Limiting unnecessary travel and keeping your social circle small really do make a difference.
We know these are challenging times. We continue to look for ways to provide access to in-person opportunities, but for now, no spectators are permitted at any athletics game, inside or out. The first home football game Friday, March 5, will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Boston and streamed online starting at 7 p.m. We know this is disappointing for many of you, but there are opportunities to engage safely; the university’s main calendar lists a variety of other choices.
Please continue to stay vigilant.
James W. Dean Jr.