Arkansas Tech University transitioned from phase one to phase two of its COVID-19 pandemic recovery framework as of Monday, April 12, 2021.
As a result, up to 50 people are permitted to gather within a given space on ATU campuses. On-campus gatherings during phase one were limited to 30 people or less within a given space.
Face covering and social distancing mandates will remain in effect on Arkansas Tech campuses and at ATU events until further notice.
In announcing the progression to phase two, ATU President Dr. Robin E. Bowen cited low numbers of active cases on Arkansas Tech campuses dating back to March 17, a statewide trend of reduced positive cases and hospitalizations, increased access to COVID-19 vaccines for all Arkansans age 16 or older and recent guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"All of these trend lines, paired with recommendations from the ATU COVID-19 task force, give me confidence that it is safe for us to progress in our pandemic recovery framework," said Bowen.
Arkansas Tech will continue to monitor trends in the COVID-19 pandemic and respond appropriately.
ATU announced on March 12 that it intends for its campuses in Russellville and Ozark to resume their normal in-person class schedule and for campus activities to return to pre-pandemic status in time for the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year.
More information about pandemic mitigation and recovery at Arkansas Tech is available at www.atu.edu/pandemicrecovery.