University leadership has asked for students, faculty, and staff to limit travel to essential travel at this time. Essential travel is defined as school-related travel approved by supervisors and University leadership team members. This includes, but is not limited to: – Athletic competition – Approved performances by student groups – Conferences, meetings, and presentations – Traveling 50 miles away from campus for family emergencies – Other events as approved Non-essential travel is defined as non-school related travel. This includes, but is not limited to: – Off-campus social events not held by Bluefield University – Visitation to other college campuses outside of approved meetings and athletic competition – Travel 50 miles outside of the local area University leadership is doing all that is possible to encourage safe travel during trips away from campus to protect the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Below are current guidelines for those who complete approved, essential travel. Faculty, staff, and students will not be required to isolate/quarantine immediately upon return, provided essential travel guidelines have been strictly followed. Due to the number of individuals traveling during this time period, the ongoing self-isolation of a large number of our campus community will have a massive impact on the current operations and staffing capacities of the University. However, self-isolation and testing continue to be encouraged as an extra precaution and best practice for the campus community. Essential travel guidelines are: – Masks are required to be worn at all times, outside of travel in a vehicle or while in a hotel room; – Meals are catered/delivered for large groups, such as athletic teams, when possible; if not, individuals are to take strict precautions when dining and do their best to eat outdoors and away from others; – Individual/groups are not permitted additional stops and activities outside the original purpose of the trip, and could result in immediate isolation/quarantine upon arrival of individual/groups if additional stops or activities outside the original purpose of the trip occur; – Should the individual/group come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person(s), immediate isolation/quarantine upon arrival to campus will be required.