Don't fly unless you have to, NMU says to campus community

Mar 9, 2020

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is limiting plane travel for its employees because of COVID-19. 

President Fritz Erickson says a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prompted the decision to restrict non-essential university-sponsored travel by flight, both domestic and international, until further notification. That doesn’t include travel by car, but employees are being told to be prepared for that to change. Those who do have to travel are asked to record their trip on the NMU International Travel Registry.

Erickson says the university isn’t canceling lectures, concerts or athletic events at this point, but those with immune or medical issues are urged not to attend unless it is essential to do so. NMU will begin posting signage with the CDC recommendation at event entrances for where attendance over 150 is expected.

Northern has the capability to put classes and video online or at a distance. Erickson is asking faculty to have a plan in place should a worst-case scenario occur.

Officials say NMU continues to receive regular updates from the CDC and the U.S. State Department.