UMN reveals “Sunrise Plan” to gradually reintroduce workers back to campus

The plan, announced in a University email Friday, outlines steps faculty and staff can take to return back to work

by Hana Ikramuddin

In response to Gov. Tim Walz’s efforts to reopen the state, the University of Minnesota has released a plan intended to gradually reopen campus, according to a University-wide email sent out Friday.

The first phase of the “Sunrise Plan” outlines which workers can return to campus, a decision that will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Workers are asked to consult their supervisors and submit request forms to return to campus. Once the request is accepted, staff and faculty are clear to resume working.  

Workers the university mainly expects to return to working in-person include those whose presence is required to complete research or need on-site equipment. This can include both researchers and administrators who who cannot work from home.

However, those who are able to work from home will continue to do so, as social distancing guidelines will still apply. 

Employees are asked to report any symptoms of COVID-19 to their supervisor.  They are also asked to record their temperatures before and after work.

“Now, based on updated guidance from state and public health officials, and the University’s own medical and public health experts, we believe that we can slowly and carefully reopen some limited functions,” said University President Joan Gabel in the email.