Northeastern to lift some COVID-19 restrictions


Marta Hill

Students enter International Village. On Tuesday, Northeastern updated their residence hall guest policy to include vaccinated non-Northeastern guests.

Antonia Sousa, news staff

In an email Tuesday, Northeastern announced that it will lift three of its COVID-19 restrictions for students and faculty across all of its North American campuses. 

The email, from Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David Madigan and Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning Ken Henderson, reversed three policies, including the ban on non-Northeastern guests in residence halls, which goes into effect Wednesday. 

“Northeastern is a fully vaccinated community with a booster requirement,” the email said. “Given the effectiveness of the vaccines, and the significant reduction in cases across North America, we are pleased to announce the lifting of restrictions across all of our North American campuses.”  

Events and gatherings, subject to local public health guidelines, can be in person without being reviewed, except as needed to reserve a space.

Non-Northeastern guests who enter residence halls can only enter if they are compliant with the university’s vaccination mandate, masking requirements and housing and residential life’s pre-COVID-19 policies, the university said. 

University-sponsored travel restrictions were also lifted but will continue to require registration, the email said. Northeastern’s Global Safety and Security Assessment Committee will still review high-risk destinations.

Northeastern plans to maintain indoor mask requirements as well as weekly asymptomatic testing across U.S. campuses, and will “continue to monitor developments and be prepared to pivot as needed to protect our community.”

For more information, the email said students can refer to Northeastern’s online resources, or submit questions to [email protected].

The most recent testing data shows 40 positive tests on Feb. 5, with a seven-day positivity rate of 2.47%, according to The News’ COVID-19 dashboard.