Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Last week’s reversal of the Wisconsin Safer-at-Home order has led to confusion regarding local and state-wide efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We write today to provide clarification regarding our ongoing efforts to keep the Lawrence community as safe as possible in our current environment.

We now know that the virus may be with us for many months to come, and it is imperative that we learn to live with COVID-19 and practice safe behaviors in all aspects of our lives. While there is no official state-wide or local order that outlines community behavior or response to COVID-19, the City of Appleton is currently following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The University will also continue to follow CDC guidelines. 

Please continue to practice physical distancing no matter where we are; we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect others and ourselves by staying home whenever possible and practice proper safety measures:

  • Maintain at least six feet between you and another individual.
  • Wear a mask when you are in public where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Please note that all individuals living or working on the Lawrence campus are required to wear masks when they are in interior public areas or when gathering in a group both indoors and outdoors. Faculty and staff can request a mask by completing a request form; students should contact the Dean of Students.
  • Avoid public transportation whenever possible.
  • Limit non-essential travel.
  • Limit social gatherings and avoid crowded venues.
  • Practice good hygiene, including handwashing; disinfect surfaces you touch; and avoid touching your face.
  • Follow these guidelines if you are feeling ill.

All of these actions are necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

To highlight Lawrence’s commitment to helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University has joined the Be Safe Wisconsin initiative. This group of regional organizations is dedicated to amplifying the importance of a sustained commitment to safe behaviors to fight this virus. Visit the Be Safe Wisconsin website to learn more about the organization, explore resources, and pledge to be a leader in the fight against COVID-19. 

While we do not know of any Lawrence faculty, staff, or students that have tested positive for COVID-19 to date, we know that our community is feeling the impacts of this pandemic. Our thoughts are with all members of our community as we work to ensure the safety of our families and friends and wrestle with the effects of this global pandemic on all facets of our lives.

We greatly appreciate our community’s collective and individual efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, as well as your patience as we weather this ever-evolving situation. Please continue to follow the COVID-19 News blog for weekly health updates and additional information.


COVID-19 Management Team