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Under Restore Illinois Loyola University Chicago will be closely following state and city guidelines in taking a phased approach to reopening campus and allowing on-campus activities to resume. Loyola also will modify its plans within each phase to accommodate any additional official city or state restrictions.

In This Section

Phase I

Restore Illinois: Rapid Spread
Reopen Chicago: Strict Stay-At-Home

In Phases 1 and 2, strict stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines were put into place. Loyola classes were held strictly online, and only essential personnel were granted access to campus buildings.

What does this phase look like?

  • Wide-spread community spread of COVID-19
  • High volume of new cases and hospitalizations
  • Testing and contact tracing unable to illustrate accurately the extent of the spread

What are the minimum required public health conditions?

  • Strict stay-at-home orders in effect
  • No gathering
  • Only essential businesses open
  • Parks, beaches, and similar venues closed
  • Physical distancing and face coverings required in all public places

What is the Official Guidance for Higher Education from the State of Illinois and City of Chicago?

  • All instruction online
  • Residence halls closed, with limited exceptions for students who must shelter in place
  • Offices closed; teleworking required
  • No travel

How will Loyola operate in this phase?

  • All instruction online
  • Residence halls closed, with limited exceptions for students who must shelter in place
  • Offices closed; teleworking required
  • No travel



Phase II

Restore Illinois: Flattening
Reopen Chicago: Stay-At-Home

In Phases 1 and 2, strict stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines were put into place. Loyola classes were held strictly online, and only essential personnel were granted access to campus buildings.

What does this phase look like?

  • High rate of new cases but increase is flattening
  • Hospital capacity stabilizing
  • Testing capacity increased, with effective contact tracing possible

What are the minimum required public health conditions?

  • No non-essential gathering
  • Essential travel only
  • Outdoor activities allowed with strict enforcement of physical distancing, face coverings, and other mitigation
  • Only essential businesses open
  • Restaurants open for delivery and carry-out

What is the Official Guidance for Higher Education from the State of Illinois and City of Chicago?

  • All instruction online
  • Residence halls closed, with limited exceptions for students who must shelter in place
  • Offices closed; teleworking required
  • No travel

How will Loyola operate in this phase?

  • All instruction online
  • Residence halls closed, with limited exceptions for students who must shelter in place
  • Offices closed; teleworking required
  • No travel
  • Students, staff, and faculty who travel to/ return from a state with a high incidence rate of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for two weeks



Phase III

Restore Illinois: Recovery
Reopen Chicago: Cautiously Reopen

Governor J.B. Pritzker lifted a statewide stay-at-home order when Illinois entered phase three of its reopening plan, in late-May. (The City of Chicago followed suit on June 3, 2020). This phase allowed for gatherings of 10 people or fewer, provided particpants wear face coverings and social distance. Under phase three, bars and restaurants offered outdoor service, and non-essential manufacturing, offices, and retail businesses opened with public health restrictions in place. Universities could offer in-person instruction and lab access for essential disciplines only, with capacity and spatial limitations.

What does this phase look like?

  • Limited business operation
  • Gatherings of less than 10 people
  • Face coverings and strict physical distancing required

What are the minimum required public health conditions?

  • Stable/decreasing positivity rate
  • Stable/improving hospital capacity
  • Testing available for patients, health care workers, and first responders

What is the Official Guidance for Higher Education from the State of Illinois and City of Chicago?

  • Limited in-person instruction for essential disciplines only, with capacity limitations and strict physical distancing
  • The City of Chicago requires anyone traveling to/returning from a state with a high incident rate of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for two weeks
  • Residence halls closed with very limited exceptions
  • Gatherings of less than 10 people
  • Limited lab use and research
  • Strict adherence to physical distancing and personal hygiene
  • Strict travel restrictions
  • Teleworking the norm, with limited exceptions

How will Loyola operate in this phase?

  • All operations at least as restrictive as city, state, and CDC guidelines
  • Summer school strictly online
  • Prepare for fall semester reopening
  • Limited in-person instruction in graduate programs
  • Cautiously return essential workers to campus
  • Permit essential research operations only
  • Strict travel restrictions
  • Teleworking the norm, with limited exceptions
  • Students, staff, and faculty who travel to/ return from a state with a high incidence rate of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for two weeks



Phase IV

Restore Illinois: Revitalization
Reopen Chicago Phase 4: Gradually Resume

Illinois entered phase four of its reopening plan on June 26, 2020, bringing back several businesses and increasing capacity for others. Universities are permitted to reopen in this phase, as well, if they follow guidance developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Assuming common health and safety protocols are in place, dormitories, cafeterias, libraries, and other amenities can be accessed. Socially distanced gatherings can expand from 10 people to a maximum of 50 people.

The Chicago Department of Public Health has also published its own guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education.

What does this phase look like?

  • Schools and universities may reopen
  • Gatherings of less than 50 people allowed
  • Face coverings required
  • Physical distancing at a minimum of six feet

What are the minimum required public health conditions?

  • 20 percent positivity rate
  • 14 percent hospital ICU surge capacity
  • Testing available to all
  • Contact tracing within 24 hours

What is the Official Guidance for Higher Education from the State of Illinois and City of Chicago?

  • In-person instruction permitted with required social distancing
  • Face coverings must be worn over nose and mouth
  • Residence halls may open with reduced density
  • Residential property managers are asked to limit guest entry to five people per-unit to avoid indoor gatherings and parties.
  • Gatherings of less than 50 people, subject to change pending incident rate of new cases and associated risk levels
  • Expanded lab use and research
  • Strict adherence to social distancing and personal hygiene
  • Essential travel only
  • Employees encouraged to work remotely, and with staggered work schedules, where practical
  • Prior to entering the establishment, staff and faculty are required to self-screen for symptoms
  • Teleworking encouraged
  • Limitations on visitors
  • Required visual signage
  • Testing and contact tracing required, following evolving guidance from CDC and Chicago and Illinois Depts. of Public Health
  • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms required to stay home
  • The City of Chicago requires anyone traveling to/returning from a state with a high incident rate of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for two weeks
  • For additional details, see the Illinois Board of Higher Education Guidelines

How will Loyola operate in this phase?

  • All operations at least as restrictive as city, state, and CDC guideline
  • Classes will be primarily online to minimize disruption caused by changes in the spread of COVID-19 and related official guidance
  • Select classes may still be offered in-person where instruction cannot be replicated in an online environment
  • Face coverings must be worn over nose and mouth
  • Any in-person instruction will end on November 20; all instruction and semester finals will be online only after Thanksgiving break
  • Students may congregate on campus in both structured and non-structured settings, but only in accordance with prevailing public health guidance and required mitigation
  • Labs and research will proceed with social distancing
  • Essential travel only
  • Employees encouraged to work remotely, and with staggered work schedules, where practical
  • Prior to arriving on campus, staff and faculty required to self-screen for symptom
  • Extensive visual signage highlighting physical distancing requirements, space capacity limitations, and cleaning and sanitization requirements
  • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms required to stay home
  • Targeted testing and contact tracing, following evolving guidance from CDC and city and state public health officials
  • Students, staff, and faculty who travel to/ return from a state with a high incidence rate of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for two weeks



Phase V

Restore Illinois: Illinois Restored
Reopen Chicago: Protect

Illinois will enter its fifth and final reopening phase when a vaccine or an effective therapeutic treatment is developed and made widely available. Should the state eliminate any new cases of COVID-19 over a sustained period before those developments, it could also move into this new phase. There is no timetable for this transition; once Illinois reaches it, large events will be permitted, and all businesses and schools (including universities) will open fully.

What does this phase look like?

  • Economy fully reopened
  • Large events, conferences permitted

What are the minimum required public health conditions?

  • Vaccine available
  • Effective treatments available

What is the Official Guidance for Higher Education from the State of Illinois and City of Chicago?

  • Official guidance not yet available

How will Loyola operate in this phase?

  • All operations at least as restrictive as city, state, and CDC guidelines

Loyola anticipates:

  • Normal classroom operations
  • Normal residence hall operations
  • Large events, conferences, graduations permitted
  • Normal lab use and research
  • Normal travel protocols
  • Normal work protocols



Last Modified:   Tue, August 11, 2020 3:01 PM CDT
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