The Kansas City Chiefs are taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV this Sunday, and I suspect many of you -- like me -- are excited to watch the game with family and friends.
Of course, due to the pandemic, this is no ordinary Super Bowl Sunday. With that in mind, I write to remind you to be safe and remember our shared commitment to the health and welfare of the community. While we are all excited to cheer on the Chiefs, we must remain diligent about health and safety measures. Remember, your decisions can impact your friends, family, classmates and neighbors.
Below are some tips to help you enjoy the game safely and responsibly:
- Continue to practice physical distancing and avoid large gatherings.
- Consider hosting a virtual watch party with family and friends. If you do plan to watch the game in a social gathering, keep it COVID-safe – i.e. gather only with your bubble or household group.
- Wear your mask no matter where you are, even if outdoors. If you are eating or drinking, remember to cover your face between bites and sips. Face coverings are mandatory in local jurisdictions, and authorities can take action in the form of fines and other penalties for off-campus activities that violate public health orders.
- If you get in a situation in which you need a safe ride home, contact SafeRide. A SafeRide driver will pick up passengers and drive them home anywhere within city limits.
KU did not have any known transmissions of COVID-19 in our classrooms or labs last semester, which is largely the result of your strong commitment to health and safety. But we can’t control the environments in restaurants, bars, and private residences. That responsibility is on each of you.
So again, please continue your commitment to mask-wearing, social distancing and thinking not only about yourself, but about the entire community, in your decisions this weekend. I know I can count on you.
Rock Chalk … and Go Chiefs!
Tammara Durham, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs