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New Restrictions for Delaware County

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 across Pennsylvania, including in Delaware County where Swarthmore College is located, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued yesterday a series of mitigation efforts for the state and specifically for Delaware County.

The restrictions, in effect for at least 14 days, include:

  • The closing of all K-12 schools across the commonwealth;
  • The recommended closing of non-essential retail facilities such as bars, movie theaters, shopping malls, and gyms; and
  • Recommending individuals refrain from non-essential travel

In addition, it is recommended that restaurants should stay open for carry-out and delivery only. These and other measures, which will continue to be evaluated, have been put in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, we are urging those currently still living in the residence halls to limit unnecessary social outings. Please do not gather in large groups and practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible. 

Please note that Sharples Dining Hall is open and will operate as follows:

  • Sunday, March 15
    Dinner: 5–7 p.m.
  • Monday, March 16, through Sunday, April 5
    Breakfast: 7:30–9:30 a.m.
    Lunch: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
    Dinner: 5–7 p.m.

Your safety is paramount — as is our responsibility to each other and the Swarthmore Borough community to do our part to reduce the opportunity for the disease to spread.

Again, if any member of the community, after consultation with their health care provider, understands that they are suspected of having COVID-19, please contact the Department of Public Safety 24/7 at 610-328-8333 so that the College is aware of the situation and can respond appropriately.

The Dean’s Division continues to assist students in making arrangements to return home or to off-campus accommodations. Additional information from the CDC about COVID-19 are also available on the LiveSafe app.


Members of Swarthmore College’s COVID-19 Planning Group