Officials from the Los Angeles health department said they will follow guidance from the state, allowing only the limited reopening of colleges and universities until the spread rate of Covid-19 slows.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said this means colleges and universities can continue their essential operations, but that most academic instruction will need to be conducted via distance learning.
Some limited in-person training and instruction will be allowed, but only for students who are or will become part of the essential workforce or those activities that can’t be taught through distance learning.
According to Ferrer, housing will only be provided for students who have no alternative options.
“I know this is disheartening news for so many of the students who are looking forward to life on campus,” said Ferrer.
Ferrer said college sports can continue as long as they follow guidelines set by the state and the NCAA.
Some context: The announcement comes after outbreaks were reported last month in both the University of California Los Angeles and University of Southern California communities.