Additional social distancing measures for Ithaca campus

March 16, 2020

Dear Cornell Community,

Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced several steps designed to maximize social distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19 across New York state. These measures apply to all colleges and universities in the state and impact the availability of some of our Ithaca campus resources. While the impacts described below are specific to the Ithaca campus, we are sending this message to all of our students, faculty and staff in New York City and Geneva as well to keep everyone informed.

These changes are effective tomorrow, March 17, and will remain in place at least until April 6:

  • All Ithaca campus Cornell Dining and Statler Hotel food facilities will be serving for take-out only.
  • All indoor recreation, fitness and athletic facilities will be closed to campus usage.
  • Details about access to campus libraries is available on their website.
  • Students must call Cornell Health at 607-255-5155 to schedule all services, including urgent in-person visits and routine phone/online services. Please note: in-person services will be limited to urgent care needs only. Routine medical and mental health services will be provided via phone or secure online portal. Walk-in services without an appointment will not be available.
  • Many other campus buildings and facilities will remain closed or on limited card access. For those that do remain open, please remember that in-person meetings are discouraged and no gatherings over 50 are permitted.
  • Consistent with New York state and CDC event guidelines, the Slope Day Programming Board has canceled Slope Day this spring.

While many of our campus services will look different in the coming weeks, spring is on its way and we encourage you to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Information about our outdoor athletic facilities, including the tennis courts and golf course, will be forthcoming. Additionally, our campus and local community are home to many beautiful nature sights and hiking trails.

Togetherness is important to our community, and we are exploring virtual engagement opportunities that will enable us to remain connected to and support each other as much as possible during this period of social distancing. We encourage you to reach out frequently to your connections at home and across campus if you need support during this time.

We will continue to update the university’s COVID-19 FAQ page with the most up-to-date information. Please be sure to utilize this important resource.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Mary Opperman
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer