CHICAGO — Loyola University Chicago will not reopen student dorms this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The school made the announcement Thursday afternoon in a letter that was sent out to students.
The university’s leaders say that under Chicago’s emergency travel rules and quarantine, 700 dorm residents would be coming from “hot spot” areas and would have to quarantine for 14 days once they arrived.
In a video posted online, the university’s president blamed current COVID-19 conditions and the uncertainty of potential sharper spikes in cases in the fall.
The decision could also impact nearby businesses struggling through the pandemic.
Nearly 2,000 Loyola students were set to move on campus starting on Aug. 17.
Most of the school’s fall classes will be online.