Article by Lorenzo Serrato, Sports Editor
As of November 15th, President Quinn and Aquinas College decided to put an end to all in-person classes according to guidelines released by the state of Michigan. In accordance with President Quinn’s ruling, all in-person athletic practices or meetings are not permitted, and are to be held remotely.
With these guidelines in place, the Aquinas College fitness center, weight room, and recreational facility are now closed. Cloth face coverings, social distancing, and disinfecting are all protocols that will continue going into next semester.
For many athletes, these abrupt changes are nothing new. The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has seen a major surge in recent weeks, as flu season rapidly approaches. With fall sports being pushed into the spring season, and winter sports into the latter part of January, it is unclear what athletics will look like for Aquinas athletes.
Earlier this month, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)’s Council of Presidents Executive Committee voted not to charge fall and winter student-athletes for a season of competition.
“Due to the constraints that COVID-19 has imposed on collegiate athletics, most of our conferences believed it was in the best interest of our fall and winter student-athletes to not charge a season of competition this year,” explained NAIA President/CEO Jim Carr.
“Many factors were taken into account, but the underlying consideration was relieving pressure on both student-athletes, as well as institutions, as they continue to navigate the fall and winter seasons.”
This may come as a relief for many NAIA student-athletes, as they conform a plan prior to their graduation.
In continuation, Aquinas College recommends the following guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy holiday travel:
- Stay in place: The state’s guidance strongly recommends that students stay in place except to attend classes, go to work, pick up food or go to medical appointments in order to minimize exposure.
- Know before you go: Consider getting a COVID-19 test before travel. Contact your doctor for guidance. Please note that there may be delays in testing due to increased volume across the state.
- Delay travel if you are sick: Delay travel if you feel ill, test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Stay safe while at home: Quarantine for 14 days after arrival at your destination and consider getting a COVID-19 test at least 5-10 days after departing campus.
- Follow health and safety protocols (even around family), avoid close physical contact with others and monitor your symptoms twice a day.