U of M-Crookston imposes 9 p.m. curfew for students to limit COVID-19 spread

It's designed to limit groups congregating at off-campus bars and parties.

As students return to campus, the University of Minnesota-Crookston has imposed a 9 p.m. curfew to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

The curfew will be in place until Tuesday, Sept. 8, at which point it will be "re-evaluated" and requires all on-campus residence students to be back on campus by 9 p.m.

It's designed to limit students' exposure to "high risk, off campus situations."

It comes after a number of universities across the country have reported COVID-19 outbreaks as students return to campus, the latest of which include more than 1,000 cases at the University of Alabama, and outbreaks at four sororities at Kansas State.

In Minnesota, more than a dozen students were suspended and 50 quarantined at St. Olaf College after an off-campus party resulted in multiple exposures to the virus.

It also comes after a number of outbreaks in Minnesota and beyond have been linked to indoor dining and drinking at bars and restaurants, prompting the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Friday to announce an increase in inspections to ensure establishments are complying with state guidelines.

The Crookston campus, along with the Morris campus, is resuming classes earlier than the U of M's Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester campuses, after President Joan Gabel requested a two-week delay so they can comply with new federal testing guidelines.

The U of M is resuming with a hybrid teaching model, with 70% of classes remaining online.

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