Travel increases the risk of exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus. Consistent with the CDC, U.S. Department of State, and State of MA guidelines, the following travel restrictions are in place at Amherst College until further notice:
- No College-sponsored travel is allowed.
- Personal travel outside of Massachusetts is discouraged.
- Anyone who travels outside of Massachusetts must register their travel in advance.
- The requirement to register travel does not apply to employees traveling between the College and their primary residence if their primary residence is outside of Massachusetts.
- In order to protect the health and welfare of the Amherst College community, anyone who travels to states other than those considered to be COVID-19 lower risk states—currently Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont or Hawaii—or who travels internationally must complete two COVID-19 tests and receive negative results on both before reporting to work on campus. Amherst faculty and staff may utilize, at no charge to them, the College’s on-campus testing clinic to obtain both of these tests. The two tests must be taken three to four days apart. Staff should factor this into their travel plans, since they will need to use their leave accruals for these days.
- Employees who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to comply with all applicable restrictions and guidance. At a minimum, this includes wearing a mask or face coverings, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing.
- Employees who develop COVID-19-related symptoms during or after travel must not come to campus and should notify their primary care provider.
Employees are responsible for complying with the Massachusetts Travel Order as well.