Stanford University will limit public access to its campus to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus starting Tuesday.

The school has divvied up its campus into zones that are only accessible to students, faculty, staff and other university members, leaving a handful of areas that the public will be able to visit.

Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a Friday statement that the nature of the pandemic has required the school to implement safeguards.

“We want to emphasize that these changes will be temporary, and while we have regretfully had to restrict the general public’s access to a smaller portion of our campus spaces at this time, we look forward to expanding the areas available to them as public health conditions permit,” he said.

The new zones and guidelines follow California Department of Public Health recommendations for in-person instruction for higher education, which suggests limiting outside community members from entering campus grounds and using campus resources.

This is another recent change the university has made in recent weeks to adjust to campus life during an active pandemic.

Earlier this month, Tessier-Lavigne announced that nearly all undergraduate students wouldn’t be on living on campus for the autumn quarter.



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