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Social distancing on campus: What does it mean?

Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.

The University System of Georgia announced that, in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, all institutions will move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. Some limited exemptions will be made to allow on-campus instruction for a few courses.

This decision to move courses online required all students to depart campus on Friday, March 13. For students who are unable to leave campus, please consider the following on social distancing:

  • Group gatherings
  • Sleep overs
  • Crowded stores/restaurants
  • Mass transit systems
  • Non-essential visitors in your rooms

Exercise Caution
  • Visiting restaurants
  • Visiting the grocery store
  • Ordering food
  • Picking up medications
  • Attending religious services
  • Traveling

Safe to do
  • Taking a walk outside
  • Reading a good book
  • Cleaning your room and workspace
  • Binge-watching your favorite shows
  • Listening to music
  • Checking on loved ones

Watch Dr. Phillip Coule, vice president and chief medical officer for Augusta University Medical Center, provide details on social distancing.

For the latest updates, please visit the university’s designated COVID-19 resource page.

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