Due to recent COVID-19-related news, especially news about the omicron variant of the virus, now the dominant strain in the United States, Luther Seminary’s leadership wishes to share the following messages with the community:
- January intensives will proceed as planned during the weeks of January 3 and 10. We will continue to monitor the situation over Christmas break, especially guidance provided by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health. We will send notifications if any modification of the plan is required. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions document for information on COVID-19 precautions, housing at the Fairfield Inn, and on-campus resources.
- We encourage layers of mitigation, especially masking, which is required in all indoor common areas on campus, including hallways. Additional layers of mitigation that we encourage include social distancing to the extent possible and getting tested for the coronavirus prior to coming to campus.
- We encourage all employees and students to get vaccinated, including boosters, at your earliest opportunity. In November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued guidelines requiring institutions with over 100 employees to implement a vaccine mandate. This mandate includes Luther Seminary. The mandate has been tied up in the courts with appeal to the Supreme Court pending. Luther is waiting for the legal situation to be resolved and will comply with any mandate.