Social distancing is every Maverick’s responsibility

Social distancing helps prevent spread of COVID-19

Monday, Jun 29, 2020 • Elizabeth Couch :

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*Updated: January 2021

The University of Texas at Arlington continues to encourage social distancing to provide the healthiest possible environment for staff, faculty and students.

“Every one of us must be committed to the health and safety of each other,” said Interim President Teik C. Lim. “As we continue to learn from and adapt to the pandemic, we will remain nimble and adjust as necessary while continuing to follow the recommendations of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Texas and The University of Texas System.”

In accordance those recommendations, UTA will promote and strongly encourage social distancing.

“Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms,” said John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. “Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.”

To mitigate the spread of the virus, the Office of Facilities Management has placed signage at building entrances and in restrooms, dining areas, classrooms, elevators, common spaces, stairs and student engagement spaces. These signs promote properly wearing a cloth face covering, washing hands, social distancing, covering coughs and sneezes, checking your temperature when leaving or returning home and staying home when sick.

“Socially responsible conduct is key to keeping UTA safe,” Hall said. “I think it's going to be incumbent on all of us to create a culture that encourages people to behave in a socially responsible manner.”

To ensure safe social distancing, classrooms used for face-to-face or hybrid classes only accommodate between 25-34% of room capacity. For example, in lecture halls and classrooms, certain seats, desks and rows will not be used. In addition, the Office of Facilities Management installed Plexiglass screens/partitions in areas where it is feasible.

“We all have a responsibility to adhere to the recommended protocols for the safety and well-being of the UTA community and our communities at large,” Hall said.

Check the Coronavirus Information page for up-to-date information on campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.