What does "shelter-in-place" mean?

What does "shelter-in-place" mean?

The following information was shared with on-campus residents Tuesday, September 15 following the Pima County Health Department's "shelter-in-place" self-quarantine recommedation. Please refer to the University's main Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page regularly for important campus information.

You probably just received the Clery Notice stating that the Pima County Health Department has issued a “shelter-in-place” self-quarantine recommendation for us. You might be wondering what this means for you exactly.

Stay Put

  • Unless you’re completing an essential task (like getting food and groceries, obtaining medical care or prescriptions, caregiving, working, or attending essential in-person classes) you should avoid going anywhere and shouldn’t be gathering with others.
  • We get it. This is super tough and nobody wants to feel confined to one space. But the safest way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to reduce our risk of encountering others who may be (even unknowingly) sick. So, Bear Down and do it. Order food, groceries, medications and what else you may need online. Get it delivered.
  • These are not normal times. It will take all of us to do our part to help protect our community—this includes the greater Tucson community, too! Remember, students found to be in violation of the directives can be referred to the Dean of Students Office and held accountable via the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions may result in suspension or expulsion.

Stay Distant

  • As best we can, we always need to stay 6 feet away from one another. Yep – that means significant others, loved ones, best friends, and neighbors. Basically, it’s best to avoid anyone you don’t already live with. This means no hugging or physical contact.
  • Engage in outdoor recreation/exercise only where social distancing is possible.
  • Avoid gathering in small spaces, like a dorm room, apartment, or a study room together. When possible, open a window for proper ventilation when in a smaller space, especially if it’s a space that others have been in. And don’t forget, Bear DOWN and Mask UP!
  • PLEASE avoid large crowds and gatherings. We know—so much of the college experience is defined by memorable events you share with your peers, and we want you to have good experiences here. But more importantly than that, we want you to stay safe. We don’t know the long-term impacts of COVID-19, but your health matters. Staying safe and away from large events is key to reducing the spread.

Stay Connected

  • Setup video conference/phone calls with loved ones and friends. Schedule time for study groups and office hours to stay connected to your classes.
  • Plan movie nights and watch a new movie on the same night as a friend. Lean into themes with Suspenseful Saturdays, Superhero Sundays, Musical Mondays, etc.
  • Setup a book club or podcast party. Gather digitally after a chapter or episode and connect.
  • Engage in a hobby or find a new one (learn to play guitar, knit, start a blog, learn an Adobe Creative program, be creative in ways that feels good and challenge you!)
  • Practice gratitude. Things are scary and changing fast – now is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for.

We’re in this together. Caring for our community is the Wildcat Way.