COVID Continues to Disrupt
Map from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (14-July-2020)
COVID-19 continues to be disruptive. Amidst rising numbers in many areas of the US, plans that once seemed solid are now fluid. Many events are being cancelled or turned into virtual events.
Yesterday, I learned that the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, to be held in Boston in November, has been changed from a face-to-face meeting to a virtual meeting. Today, OC administrators sent out a message to tell us that they have postponed summer commencement (was to be Aug 15th) and the previously-postponed Spring commencement (was to be held Aug 29) to November of 2020, "Lord willing."
That said, OC still plans to have students on campus this Fall term, beginning Aug 13. I have adopted a "I will believe it when I see it" stance about this. I do know that if they come, everyone must wear masks at all times, esp. indoors and esp. in classrooms. Faculty may also (or alternatively) be asked to wear plastic face shields and maintain a 10 ft. distance between ourselves and the people in the first row. Should be interesting…and awkward.