University Guidance on Thanksgiving Travel

University Guidance on Thanksgiving Travel

Students who choose to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday are welcome to return to their dorm for the duration of the fall semester. Though the University has announced classes will all be virtual after Thanksgiving, the dorms will remain open. Please visit the University's webpage for information: https://covid19.arizona.edu/holiday-travel

Students who will be traveling for either Thanksgiving or Winter Break are strongly encouraged to get a rapid antigen test 10-days prior to travel, in case there is a need to isolate. The test is is done using a self-administered nasal swab and can detect active COVID-19 infection. Results are typically available within one hour. You can schedule an appointment for free antigen testing November 9–15. Walk-in testing is also available outside of this timeframe. See testing locations and hours.

  • If test results are positive, isolate in the isolation dorm or in UA Residence off-campus housing, following this protocol, for 10 days. 
  • If test results are negative, follow the stay-at-home protocol until Thanksgiving travel.
    • Stay-at-Home Protocol: While observing stay at home protocol you are strongly encouraged to only leave your home to attend essential classes and activities as defined by UArizona, attend work, care for family members, or to obtain food, medical care and medications. Students may also engage in outdoor exercise or access the Student Recreation Center, but only when social distancing is possible.
      • If you, or someone you live with, has broken the Stay-at-Home protocol, it is critical that you be re-tested 5-7 days after your last potential exposure to the virus.
         

The holidays present an increased risk to spread COVID-19 because of travel and in-person celebrations with family and friends. The most effective way to reduce this risk is to minimize travel whenever possible. It is imperative that all of us recognize the higher risk of infection posed by travel and take the necessary steps to reduce those risks. 

Even if you are not planning to travel outside of Tucson for the Thanksgiving break, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an antibody and/or antigen test. Knowing the results of these tests will enable you to manage your contact with others in a manner that reduces everyone’s risk of infection.