COVID-19 Planning at Berea College

The purpose of this communication is to offer more information about planning for the various eventualities that we are facing.  Please know that none of us has the ability to accurately anticipate all possible contingencies and developments.  For that reason, the following is subject to change at any point depending upon actual conditions.

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Kentucky and Madison County updates

Kentucky reported 155 new cases today and 3 new deaths.  Our Governor also reported encouraging efforts to investigate the death of the new victim, David McAtee, at the hands of law enforcement in Louisville.

Berea College statement

Our statement responding to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis appeared in the Richmond Register today with many, many signatories.  Our community affirms that truly, God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth!

An update regarding the Seabury Center

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff

Seabury Center will re-open to Berea College faculty, staff and students on June 8. Center staff are currently preparing the facility in accordance with state-mandated guidelines for the reopening of fitness centers. When you do return, please expect to see new guidelines and policies in place to help us ensure the safety of all users, including a reduced occupancy, extensive cleaning protocols, and required use of a facemask.

During the initial phase, the Center will be open Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-6:30 pm and users will have access to the weight room, cardio room and pool. Pre-registration for workout times will be required, and students, faculty and staff can make a reservation by calling the Service Desk (859-985-3420) up to a week in advance. To begin, staff will accept 10 reservations for the weight room/cardio room and three in the pool for lap swim per allotted one-hour time slot. (There will be 30-minute cleaning periods between the time slots.)

So, what can you expect when you return?

  • Users will be checked into the facility for their pre-registered workout time. Upon entry, temperature checks will be conducted, and users will be asked to sanitize their hands.
  • Users and staff will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the facility (with the exception of swimmers while in the water).
  • Users are expected to bring their own masks; masks will not be provided.
  • The locker rooms and showers will be closed; only restrooms on the first floor near the concessions area (north entrance) will be available. Swimmers should shower in advance and arrive at the Center in swimwear with an appropriate cover-up.
  • Users must practice social distancing and remain six feet from other users.
  • Users should only use one piece of equipment at a time and sanitize before and after each use.
  • Water fountains will be unavailable; users should bring their own water bottles.
  • Strict adherence to the one-hour time intervals to allow our staff time to sanitize spaces between each reservation time.
  • There will be special reservation times designated for students, faculty or staff at higher risk.
  • No persons other than active students, faculty and staff will be permitted to use the Center during this first phase of reopening. It is uncertain when full access will begin.
  • Current and updated guidelines will be available on the Seabury Center website, Seabury Center social media sites, and posted throughout the building.
  • Compliance with all of these new rules is mandatory; persons failing to observe these rules may lose their privileges to use the Center. The Center may be closed by state or local health department authorities if these rules are not strictly observed.

We are pleased to welcome you back safely to the Seabury Center.

Seabury Center Staff

Stay safe, be healthy, show you care,

Lyle Roelofs, President