UC Berkeley has extended its self-quarantining mandate for all students living in residence halls through at least February 15, now barring activities like exercising outdoors alone.
Although cases are now declining, the university has recently been dealing with a surge in coronavirus spread.
"Due to the 14 day incubation period of this virus, it is too early to be sure we have contained this current surge," said an email sent to students. "We understand this extension is frustrating, but please understand this will help us mitigate further spread while protecting our community."
Noncompliance with campus directives will result in serious residential conduct sanction, which may include being disqualified from housing or suspension from UC Berkeley.
"We don't wish for residents to be alarmed by this increased UCPD presence, but we must ensure the health of our community," the email reads.
Students were reminded that they are required to stay in their rooms except in a case of emergency or to obtain medical care, comply with testing requirements, or receive food from the university. Students are also now unable to leave their room for solo outdoor exercise.
"Right now it is critical that you avoid gatherings — large or small — even with your residential household grouping, whether indoors or outdoors, and even if your most recent COVID test is negative," the email said.
The email also said Counseling and Psychological Services is available for virtual counseling appointments and for help finding resources.