Gonzaga announced its goal of returning to fully in-person instruction, housing and activities for the fall 2021 semester on Monday, Feb. 15 in an email from the Office of the President.

According to the email, which was sent to all undergraduate students, GU’s goal is based on projections of the increased availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is currently available to first responders, health care professionals and those who are a part of vulnerable populations.

The email also announced that GU is seeking to gain approval as a distribution point for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Achievement of this goal is dependent upon the health, welfare and safety of our students, staff and faculty — including the widespread availability of vaccines,” the email said. “Presuming we are safely able to do so, our intent is to support “in-person” and face-to-face delivery of those courses that, prior to the pandemic, were delivered in person.”

Signed by President Thayne McCulloh, the email also indicated the release of further announcements regarding spring commencement, summer courses and summer and fall study abroad information.

According to the Spokane Regional Health District website, Spokane County moved into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 phased recovery plan on Sunday, Feb. 14.

“Phase 2 allows for increased indoor activities including dining, weddings and funerals, and fitness activities,” the website said.

The email concluded by asking those in the GU community to remain vigilant and adhere to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines that are already in place such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The announcement and other GU COVID-19 updates can be found at https://www.gonzaga.edu/zagon.

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