CMC closes campuses, residence and dining halls to remain open

Colorado Mountain College campuses and administrative offices will be closed to students and staff until 6 p.m. Monday, according to a news release.

However, residence halls and dining halls will be open. In a news release last week, CMC announced that residence halls remained open through spring break, but dining halls were closed until Sunday night. Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs and Leadville CMC campuses each have residence halls.

“Essential campus staff working in residence halls and dining halls should report to work on Monday,” the release states. “Residence halls reopened on Sunday; those students who choose to return to the halls may do so.”

Residence halls remained open for those students who decided to stay over spring break, said Debbie Crawford, CMC public information officer.

“We made the residential halls available to ensure that students have a place to stay, though we also encouraged students who are able to stay elsewhere to not return to campus until face-to-face classes resume,” she said.

CMC had also been working closely with the state during spring break to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We have worked closely with the local health department in numerous ways in recent weeks, including having our residential life staff determine best practices for deterring the spread of the coronavirus,” Crawford said.

The campus closure was in response to an alert put out by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released an alert Sunday that residents and visitors to Pitkin, Summit, Eagle and Gunnison counties need to limit their interactions with other people as much as possible.

Monday’s closure would “give leadership time to assess the college’s responses to the CDPE alert,” the news release states.

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