Travel is a critical part of University life, as Loyola students, faculty, and staff move to and from campus, between campuses, and to other locations to conduct University business. But travel of all kinds carries a greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, and members of the Loyola community are urged to take precautions and plan all travel accordingly following University guidelines as well as recommendations of the city, state, and national governments.

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Public Transportation

We recognize that many students, faculty, and staff rely on public transportation to commute to Loyola. As of June 2020, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) advises riders to limit travel on its bus and rail system to “essential trips only” (e.g. medical appointments, trips to the pharmacy, accessing essential work locations, etc.) and discourages all non-essential CTA use. If possible, you should consider alternate methods of transportation, such as driving, walking, or cycling, as these activities present reduced health risks and fewer potential challenges than taking public transit.

If public transportation is necessary for someone to get to campus, there are safety precautions a person should take during and after riding on a bus or train. The CTA has put together a list of policies and safety tips for riders to follow when using their services. All riders are required (per state order) to wear face coverings when on a CTA bus or train, to touch as few surfaces as possible, and to practice social distancing.

Loyola community members who use public transportation to commute to and from campus can play an important part in protecting the campus community by taking safety precautions. Commuters who arrive on any Loyola campus should practice social distancing and immediately wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before touching common surfaces or entryways. These actions demonstrate care for the Loyola community and can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.

For more CTA policies and commuter tips, as well as information on how the CTA has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures to keep riders and employees safe, please visit transitchicago.com/coronavirus/#tips.

For those commuting from the Chicagoland suburbs using the Metra, please Metra’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis for safety tips and policies at metrarail.com/coronavirus.

For general information on public transportation safety during COVID-19, including safety tips for rideshare vehicles, view the CDC website’s public transit information.

Personal Travel

If you are planning to travel outside of your community for personal reasons or vacation, please consider the potential risks and take protective measures before, during, and after your trip.

When deciding whether to travel to another area of the United States, it is important to do research on the COVID-19 trends in that city and/or state before confirming travel plans. If COVID-19 is spreading in this area or in the area you currently live in, the CDC advises travelers to postpone their plans to limit chances of spreading or contracting COVID-19. This situation is very fluid, and states may decide to enact mandatory travel restrictions such as a quarantine period for travelers. This may disrupt your travel plans or delay your ability to return to work or classes at Loyola in a timely manner.

It is also important to consider the health of your travel companions and those you are visiting. If any of these people fall into a high-risk group, you may need to rethink the travel at this time. All transportation methods (air travel, personal vehicle, train, etc.) present different types of risk. The CDC has helpful information (see below) on how to protect yourself and others while traveling. This includes information on lodging considerations and general safety tips to keep in mind when you arrive at your destination and are out and about in the community.

In general, if you decide to travel, please weigh the pros and cons and postpone your plans if the trip could potentially endanger yourself and others. When you are traveling, practice health safety behaviors that reduce the transmission of COVID-19 such as wearing face coverings, frequently washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and keeping a distance of six feet or more from other travelers.

For more information on personal travel tips and considerations during the pandemic, view the CDC’s Considerations for Travelers.

University Travel Policy

With the ongoing concern for international travel amidst the corona virus outbreak, Loyola University has put in place the following university-wide restrictions, effective immediately: 

  • Loyola’s international travel policy will be aligned with CDC/WHO travel restrictions;
  • Faculty, staff and students are prohibited from travel to any Level 3 country on any university sponsored trip;
  • Faculty, staff or students who must travel for personal reasons to a Level 3 country are not to return to work upon their entry back in the United States but are expected to contact the Wellness Center for instructions on a mandatory 14 day quarantine;
  • Faculty, staff or students traveling to any Level 2 international location are expected to use caution and take necessary steps to ensure proper health protocols to minimize any exposure to the virus (see CDC recommendation below)

The CDC also recommends the following for level 2 countries.

  • Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol.
  • Travelers should watch their health during travel and for 14 days after returning to the United States.

Updates to the university travel policy during this time will be posted as necessary.  Please check back on this website for any changes.

Campus Shuttle/8Ride


For the fall 2020 semester, the intercampus shuttle will not be in operation.


8-Ride provides safe transport for students within a mile radius of the Lake Shore Campus. Loyola leases eight 10-passenger vans dedicated to this service. MV Transportation operates the 8-Ride service using these Loyola-leased vans.

8-Ride Guidelines

  • All passengers must wear a mask to board the 8-Ride van; exceptions will only be made if granted by the University and shared with Campus Transportation
  • All MV Transportation employees must wear MV-approved uniform, including a mask and MV ID
  • Passengers must display LUC ID badges to board the 8-Ride van
  • Passengers will board at the rear sliding door of the 8-Ride van and leave space for social distancing when possible
  • Passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front passenger seat of the 8-Ride van adjacent to the driver
  • No food or beverages will be allowed in the 8-Ride van
  • Capacity recommendation for 8-Ride vans to allow half capacity: Limit to only five passengers on our 10 passenger 8-Ride vans; capacity restrictions may be re-evaluated as necessary
  • Students will be encouraged to book rides with ample time for pickup and transport to their destination
  • The hours of operation for 8-Ride service are 6:00 p.m. — 1:00 a.m. daily (including weekends); operational hours may be adjusted as necessary
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed in all 8-Ride vans


Loyola has limited parking available at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. With the expectation that fewer people will be taking public transit and the number of cars arriving to campus will be greater, parking guidelines must be adapted to accommodate.

Lake Shore parking guidelines
The Main and Fordham garages will be designated for faculty and staff permit parkers, daily parkers, and commuter student permits.

For the fall 2020 semester, the intercampus shuttle will not be in operation.

  • Garage hours are 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • 977 parking spaces are available in the Main and Fordham garages
  • All parking is available on a first come, first served basis
  • Parking will be limited to only Loyola-affiliated persons; no contractors will be allowed to park in the Loyola garages
  • Faculty, staff, and students may apply for a parking permit or choose to park daily

Limited overnight parking in the North End Lot may be available for purchase on a daily basis through Campus Transportation.

Water Tower parking guidelines

Lawson Lot

  • Located at 18 W. Chicago Avenue
  • 114 parking spaces
  • Available by proxy to Loyola WTC permit parkers only
  • Will offer faculty and staff full-time permits and reduced-schedule permits
  • Additional parking is available at nearby garages; please check the Transportation website for updates and additional information

Daily parkers may utilize discounted daily parking rates at local garages:

  • 111 E. Chestnut
  • 850 N. State
  • 1 W. Superior
  • 900 N. Michigan
  • 25 E. Superior

Additional monthly rates available directly through local garages.

Last Modified:   Tue, August 11, 2020 10:13 PM CDT

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For Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and university updates, visit LUC.edu/coronavirus.

To inquire about general Loyola information related to COVID-19, please email COVID-19support@luc.edu

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible at COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773-508-7707.