Off-Campus Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During these unprecedented times, we must all do our part to protect ourselves and the people we care about from COVID-19. Those who live in or visit the East Lansing community are encouraged to keep the following in mind in order to keep our community safe and our businesses open:

Wear a mask.

Masks are required at all times (indoors and outdoors) on the MSU campus and in downtown East Lansing. To learn about mask requirements in other parts of the community, view the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' (MDHHS) latest Gatherings and Face Mask Order.

Avoid social gatherings.

Per an Ingham County Health Department emergency order, social gatherings in a designated area of East Lansing (see map on page 4 of linked order) are restricted to no more than 15 people outdoors. Additionally, indoor gatherings must be comprised of no more than three households and no more than 15 people per MDHHS' latest Gatherings and Face Mask Order.

For additional information on gathering restrictions, view both orders. Gatherings must be designed to encourage and maintain physical distancing.

Maintain physical distance.

It's important to minimize close contact with people from outside of your household as well as those who may be sick or who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Stay at least six feet away from others when possible.

Practice good personal hygiene.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (if soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol), especially after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing and before eating. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Fever, cough, shortness of breath, aches, fatigue or nausea? Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying home and contacting your doctor. Click here to review other possible symptoms of COVID-19.

Avoid sharing food, drinks and personal items.

Sharing a dorm, apartment, home or other shared living space with roommates? Be sure to use totes for personal items in shared bathrooms and avoid sharing food and drinks.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.

Frequently touched objects include tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, phones, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

Get tested if you are showing symptoms or think you've been exposed.

Are you or is someone close to you sick or has symptoms? You should get tested for coronavirus. There are many locations where you can get tested at no charge to you. Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, press 1 or visit this website to find a testing site near you.

Answer the call to help with contact tracing.

If you get a call from 866-806-3447, MI-COVID-HELP or your local health department, please answer. For more information on contact tracing, visit this website.

Download the MI COVID Alert exposure notification app.

MSU students, faculty and staff as well as members of the local community are encouraged to download a new COVID-19 exposure notification app, MI COVID Alert. 

Student Residents: Remember that you're a Spartan everywhere.

The safety of our community is our top priority. The City of East Lansing and MSU are partners and will be sharing information about off-campus student behaviors that violate local ordinances and COVID-19 emergency orders and put the public's health in danger. While MSU believes in an education-first approach to ensure compliance, students reported for off-campus violations could face university discipline, including expulsion, under MSU's General Student Regulations process.

Stay Informed. 

This situation is frequently evolving. For the latest news and information on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the following websites: