Dear Brown Community Members,
I am pleased to report that in recent days there has been a significant decline in both the absolute number and the rate of positive asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on campus compared to the first few weeks of the semester. This includes a marked decline in positive test results among undergraduate students, which was the area of concern that prompted a series of temporary restrictions announced last week.
In keeping with our commitment to returning to more traditional operations as soon as we believe it is safe to do so, Brown Dining Services will resume in-person dining in all campus eateries beginning with breakfast on Friday, Sept. 24.
The other temporary restrictions announced last week and detailed on the Healthy Brown website’s Campus Activity Status page will remain in place for now, but we continue to monitor public health conditions daily and will make other adjustments when we are able to do so. As members of the community know well by now, the pandemic and its impact on the Brown campus is a fluid and dynamic situation, and from time to time restrictions may need to be re-implemented as well as loosened.
We deeply appreciate the strong cooperation from students, faculty and staff in adhering to these health and safety measures and doing their part to ensure the well-being of our community. It is thanks to your efforts that we’re now able to lift the pause on in-person dining, and we look forward to reducing other limitations as soon as public health conditions allow.
Russell C. Carey
Executive Vice President, Planning and Policy