Travel-related Guidance

Updated Travel Guidance

The State of Washington and the CDC have both updated their guidance for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, loosening some of their original restrictions but still emphasizing that travel should occur only when necessary, and all travelers should continue to participate fully in all preventative measures when away from home. PLU’s policies continue to evolve in response to this public guidance. 

Current CDC guidance recommends 14 days of quarantine and testing only if a traveler experiences a known exposure, or if they’ve traveled to a COVID-19 “hotspot” (i.e., a location where infection rates are increasing for the last 14 days, or where infections are widespread). For travelers who don’t experience either of these two conditions during travel, the CDC recommendation is to diligently monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after travel, to continue to participate fully in all preventive measures, and to seek medical care and testing if they experience any of these symptoms. Updated Washington public-health guidance has also removed the requirement that travelers from other states quarantine upon arrival in Washington.

Students should travel only when necessary. Limiting exposure is an important risk mitigation measure, both for the campus and for the residents of our home communities.

After traveling outside of Western Washington, we require students who live on campus or visit campus for any reason to quarantine-test-quarantine (QTQ) if: 

  • You have traveled to a COVID-19 “hotspot” (i.e., a location where infection rates are increasing for the last 14 days, or where infections are widespread) 
  • You have recently attended a gathering of more than five people where physical distancing was not observed and/or people were not wearing face masks
  • You are feeling ill and have any of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 
  • You have had a known exposure to COVID-19

Employees should travel only when necessary. After traveling outside of Western Washington, PLU requires a 14-day self-quarantine OR a combination of quarantine-test-quarantine (QTQ) if:

  • You have traveled to a COVID-19 “hotspot” (i.e., a location where infection rates are increasing for the last 14 days, or where infections are widespread) 
  • You have recently attended a gathering of more than five people where physical distancing was not observed and/or people were not wearing face masks
  • You are feeling ill and who have any of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 
  • You have had a known exposure to COVID-19

NOTE: If your position is defined by the CDC as critical infrastructure (positions in the Business Office, Campus Restaurants, Campus Safety, Facilities Management, Information & Technology Services, The Health Center, Marketing & Communications, and Residential Life may qualify) and you do not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then you may be permitted to continue to work. Supervisors should contact the COVID-19 site supervisor (Teri Phillips, phillitp@plu.edu) for a determination.

Per the State of Washington’s Campus Reopening Guide, PLU is asking visitors to “self-certify that they have experienced no COVID-19” symptoms since their last visit to campus. This requirement serves the purpose of ensuring that all campus community members remain vigilant of their health in order to avoid the possible transmission of COVID-19 onto our campus. Download the Visitor Health Attestation Form.

Campus visitors are expected to follow the general guidance above, as well as our particular policies as they relate to different types of guests. Click here for our updated visitor policy.

The Wellness Check-In will be updated with these changes shortly. Travel safe, Lutes!