Reconsidering Your Thanksgiving Plans - Don’t Travel
Date: November 21, 2020
To: NYU Students
From: President Andrew Hamilton
Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, Exec. Lead, NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team
Against a national backdrop of 175,000+ new COVID-19 cases and 1,000+ COVID deaths per day (and climbing), a worsening local situation, and new, sharper guidance about Thanksgiving from the CDC urging that no one travel for the holiday, we strongly urge you not to travel for Thanksgiving, not even to a nearby home just for the Thanksgiving meal. Limit your Thanksgiving meal to those with whom you are currently living.
If you nonetheless do travel somewhere, our expectation — as we have said previously — is that you are traveling to a destination where you will stay, and that you will not return to campus following Thanksgiving until the start of spring semester. Please remember: one of the principal characteristics of this semester’s academics is flexibility. You can finish out the semester’s coursework remotely* (as many students are already doing), a point we will be re-emphasizing with faculty.
*There are some schools or programs where in-person education must continue; students in those programs should not travel for Thanksgiving, and should heed the guidance from their dean’s office.