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March 22, 2020 Coronavirus Update

Dear Faculty & Staff,

Earlier this morning Mayor John Cooper announced the “Safer At Home Order” in response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. According to the press release from the Mayor’s Office, “this order closes non-essential businesses and encourages residents throughout Davidson County to stay home when possible and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people for non-essential purposes.” This order goes into effect tonight at midnight; I encourage you all to read more about it here.
 
Belmont is supportive of this order, and Senior Leadership is working today to define our own essential services and create a plan for at least the next two weeks. Our goal will be to minimize as much as possible the number of employees who must leave their homes to perform job duties. Your safety and wellbeing are important, and we do not take these decisions lightly.
 
While Belmont does not meet the standards of an "essential business" according to this order, we do still have thousands of current and prospective students and families counting on us to be fully engaged during this period. I expect our work-from-home approach to allow for the continuation of operations, even though we will be taking even more drastic steps in reducing the number of employees who will be on campus. 
 
I ask that you be patient as Senior Leadership works through details of our response today. Expect that you will hear something by late afternoon or early evening in terms of how this specifically pertains to you and your area.
 
I also ask that you please take this order seriously and abide by the Mayor's instruction. This is a smart, proactive step and hopefully it will help us flatten the curve of this epidemic and allow us to return to normalcy sooner rather than later. Continue to take good care of yourself and of those around you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Bob Fisher