Still in Tuscaloosa? Social Distancing Key to Slowing Virus

  • March 20th, 2020

An infographic with social distancing tips.Campus and much of Tuscaloosa are quiet with fewer people in public than normal, but University of Alabama students in Tuscaloosa after spring break can help halt the spread of novel coronavirus.

Students are encouraged to practice social distancing, which means staying away from crowds and limiting, even eliminating, close interaction with others.

Except for limited exceptions, campus is closed to students. Residence halls and Greek housing are closed, instruction has moved online, events are postponed or canceled and most employees are not working from campus.

The state of Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa remain under a state of emergency. Gatherings of 25 or more are prohibited. Restaurants and bars are either closed or only offering delivery and/or pick-up orders, per state health orders, and many businesses in the area are closed or limiting customers. Parks are closed at night, and park rangers are encouraged to disperse large gatherings.

The situation is rapidly evolving but experts believe if everyone practices social distancing, transmission of the infectious COVID-19 virus will be limited.

Students should remember these guidelines of social distancing:

  • Use online applications or a phone to communicate with friends, classmates, instructors and relatives.
  • Avoid gatherings or meetings of 10 or more people.
  • Avoid hanging out in apartments or homes of friends.
  • Avoid attending or hosting parties or social events.
  • Avoid ride sharing with groups.
  • Avoid gathering on patios or outdoor seating areas outside restaurants and bars.
  • If you must go out, try to keep a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Do not shake hands or fist bump.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or have been around someone exposed or diagnosed.
  • Wash your hands often and/or use a hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or inside elbow if you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly.
  • Guides are subject to change – stay informed by checking credible sources like the CDC.

For updates that affect the UA campus community, please visit UA’s Health Info page.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.