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Bowdoin’s athletic facilities will open on Monday as the campus entered “yellow” status this past Wednesday. However, the hours are scaled back, and the athletic department has implemented an array of safety precautions. For example, the facilities will only be open while the College’s status is “yellow,” and facilities can only be used by students, faculty and staff who are included in the College’s testing program. Because the athletic facilities are indoors, masks are required at all times except when swimming in Greason Pool. Equipment can be reserved for 45 minutes at a time, and there will be a 15-minute break for sanitization between uses.
Bowdoin’s athletic department released an update to the department’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policy and updated their DEI website. In the update, the athletic department stressed that the action plan will be updated bi-annually at least, meaning that there will be another update before the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year. For this update, the department outlined a summary of the work that has been undertaken by department staff and teams over the last four months and described what plans they have for the months ahead.
Despite pressure from athletes, the Ivy League has cancelled all competition for the spring season, meaning that there have not and will not be any Ivy League athletic competitions this year. However, the Ivy League Presidents have not shut the door on the possibility of nearby schools holding informal competitions against each other, as long as they follow state and local health guidelines. The Ivy League Presidents came to their decision because of their desire to treat athletes just as equally as other students. In a statement, they noted that on-campus operations “require limitations on travel, visitors, gatherings and other elements that are essential for intercollegiate athletics competition.”