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Presidential Update

Saturday, March 21 @ 10:45 AM

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order to outline what he called “the most drastic action we can take” in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, across the State.

Specifically, the Governor announced that the State will enforce:

  • A ban on non-essential gatherings of individuals for any reason, and of any size.
  • Social distancing rules in essential businesses (such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and – in our case – college campuses).
  • Limiting the use of public transportation to travel that is absolutely necessary, and social distancing rules of at least 6 feet during essential travel.

He enacted this Executive Order in response to the exponential growth in cases in New York State. As of Friday morning, the State reported 7,102 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. While there are areas where the virus is more concentrated, it is rapidly expanding across the entire State.

To comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, these rules will be enforced at SUNY Canton. We are reminding you that:

  • Only students who have been pre-approved by the Residence Life office are permitted on campus or in the residence halls. Anyone arriving without permission will be sent home immediately at their own expense.
  • Social distancing rules will be strictly enforced, with a ban on non-essential gatherings of individuals, including in the residence and dining halls. Failure to abide by these rules will result in sanctions up to and including being sent home.

Students are expected to strictly follow these rules to maximize everyone’s safety.

The Governor’s number one priority, and ours, is your health and safety. I take this responsibility very seriously. For the sake of our entire community, particularly the most vulnerable among us, I am counting on all of you to take every precaution and abide by the Governor’s mandates.

Dr. Szafran