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.

Out-of-state travel for PLU business or sponsored activities is currently prohibited. This includes student travel, international travel, and travel via airlines.

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.

If you travel outside of Washington, we require students who live on campus or student who visit campus for anyreason to self-quarantine for 14 days or a combination of quarantine-test-quarantine (QTQ). Steps for post-travel QTQ:

  • Connect with the PLU Quarantine & Isolation Coordinator at grahamsr@plu.edu or 253.535.7450.
  • Self-quarantine for three days
  • Test for COVID-19 with one of the sites listed by the Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department or at one of the PLU proactive community testing dates
  • Self-quarantine again until you receive your test results
    • If your results are negative, no further self-quarantine is necessary
    • If your results are positive, please contact the PLU Health Center

Check here for information about the differences between self-quarantine and self-isolation.

Under Phase 2: Travel out-of-state for PLU business or sponsored activities is prohibited. This includes student travel, international travel, and travel via airlines.

Employees 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.

If you travel outside of Washington, PLU requires a 14-day self-quarantine OR a combination of quarantine-test-quarantine (QTQ). Steps for QTQ:

  • Self-quarantine for three days
  • Test for COVID-19 with one of the sites listed by the Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department or at one of the PLU proactive community testing dates
  • Self-quarantine again until you receive your test results
    • If your results are negative, no further self-quarantine is necessary
    • If your results are positive, please contact your health provider

*Testing may be limited due to current demand. If you cannot secure a test, consult with your supervisor on your plans to self-quarantine.

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 nothave 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.