Red Tier Brings Travel Restrictions, Changes to Campus Operations

November 19, 2020 - 4:02pm

Humboldt County Public Health (HCPH) has developed new guidelines related to travel and quarantine based on increasing cases of COVID-19 and the county’s recent move into the red pandemic tier. This is especially important as the holiday season approaches and Fall Break begins Nov. 23.

HCPH strongly discourages traveling for nonessential travel, including holiday travel

Due to public health recommendations all students, staff, and faculty are required to: 

  • Quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus if you’ve traveled outside California. 

  • Quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus if you’ve traveled outside Humboldt County and your activities put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19.

  • Follow CDC recommendations regarding travel (link).

In addition, the county strongly recommends not hosting any visitors from any part of the state or country with widespread COVID-19. Student residents are required to quarantine for 14 days if they host anyone from outside Humboldt County.  

Quarantine means not visiting campus services, and not returning to your in-person job—unless you work virtually, you'll miss at least 14 days of work. And keep in mind that HSU has limited quarantine spaces available for Housing residents. 

See the full HCPH guidelines here. 

Please visit the Human Resources Leaves and Disability Web Page for information regarding COVID-19-related leaves (CPAL) as well as the COVID-19 Leave Request Form. Note that CSU COVID-19-related leaves expire on December 31, 2020. If you have exhausted the available COVID leaves and remote work is not an option, you will be required to use your own sick/vacation leave banks during your quarantine. Email Human Resources at for additional questions you may have regarding leaves or benefits. 

Community risk level is considered substantial at the red pandemic level and new restrictions will be in place. Learn more about the county’s response and closures here (PDF). 

With the county in the red tier, the University must remain flexible with other services and operations as the situation evolves. Currently:

  • The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is closed. 

  • HSU courses are fully virtual for the rest of the fall semester, and the changes will not affect classes. 

  • Housing remains open and residents will not be affected.

  • Dining options remain the same. (Note that services will be limited during Fall Break, Nov. 23-30.)

  • The Student Health Center and Counseling & Psychological Services remain open.

  • The HSU Children’s Center will be closed during Fall Break.

  • Center Activities will offer limited, by-appointment equipment rentals at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.

  • The Bookstore is open with reduced capacity during regular hours, 11 a.m to 4 p.m. but closed for Fall Break.

Fall Break building hours are listed here.

As cases increase in Humboldt County, it is crucial to adhere to the HSU Social Responsibility Commitment to protect yourself and your community. Read the commitment here. The recent rise of COVID-19 cases locally corresponds with an increase in state and national cases, and increasingly is coming from community transmission, meaning it's unknown where people were infected. 



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