Margaret Fosmoe ’85 | February 3, 2021
All the usual return-to-campus scenes are visible: students wheeling suitcases along sidewalks, unloading SUVs and exchanging greetings with dormmates — albeit while wearing face masks and staying at least six feet apart.
After an extra-long winter break, the snow-covered Notre Dame campus is returning to life.
With the coronavirus still spreading, Notre Dame’s spring semester is expected to be much like fall — with strict rules requiring masks, daily online health checks, and mandates to avoid parties and other gatherings that could increase virus spread. Classes begin Wednesday, February 3, amid a pandemic that so far has killed more than 441,000 Americans.
On January 28, five masked students tossed a Frisbee around on snowy South Quad. Junior Ella Crowley was walking back to her room in Walsh Hall, having driven to campus that morning from her home in suburban Chicago. She immediately went to the Joyce Center for COVID-19 testing and already had received her results: negative.
“I hope by next fall things will be back to normal,” said the masked Crowley, who had hoped to study abroad in Europe this semester. All study abroad programs remain cancelled because of the coronavirus.
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