JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters University is tightening COVID-19 restrictions.
The university announced earlier this week that it’s limiting capacity at events and moving classes online after Thanksgiving break for the rest of the semester.
All in-person events on campus are now capped at 50% capacity, including football games and homecoming.
“I feel like it’s pretty tough on the football players, but it’s for safety and everything, so I get it,” said EWU football player Bernie Jadotte.
Tailgating outside has also been suspended. Masks and social distancing continue to be required for in-person events.
“It’s just necessary,” said EWU senior Charis Sims. “Covid is something that we can’t avoid, so if the mask is the least that we can do to try to keep ourselves safe, then I just feel like it’s necessary.”
Vaccinations and COVID-19 tests are offered on campus every Thursday.
After Thanksgiving, classes and exams for the rest of the semester will be online. Students told News4Jax they’re happy to have that extra time at home.
“It just feels like a long break,” Jadotte said.
“Online classes after Thanksgiving I definitely agree with because you don’t know where everybody’s going,” Sims said. “Everybody’s going you know different places, going home and then coming back to campus, so I understand trying to minimize the risk as much as possible because, like I said, it’s everywhere.”
In a statement, the university president said right now the plan is for students, faculty, and staff to return back to campus after winter break in January.