Staying Safe Off-Campus During COVID
You can help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 through your own actions, and by encouraging other students to do the same, both on and off-campus. Everyone is safer when we all work together to protect each other.
Here are some things you can do to protect yourself, and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, while living off-campus in Bloomington:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- If you think you might have COVID-19 and don’t know what to do, or have questions about symptoms, here is some medical guidance.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.
- Wear a mask (or face covering that covers your mouth and nose). The State of Indiana, Monroe County, and the IU-Bloomington campus all require face coverings when you are in enclosed spaces, and outside when you are not able to practice physical distancing. Here is additional guidance on masks from:
- Practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet apart from others. IU provides tips on ways to practice physical distancing.
- Avoid large gatherings in indoor spaces, or outside when physical distancing is difficult. The City of Bloomington has issued an emergency executive order limiting the size of private gatherings at non-commercial locations within city boundaries from 50 people to 15 people.
- Stay on top of the latest COVID updates and information from the City of Bloomington:
- Check out this Roommate Discussion Guide to help you live safely with your off-campus roommates during the pandemic