Eligible frontline workers can apply for a one-time payment of up to $1,500 from the state of Minnesota. To qualify, you need to have worked in close proximity with people outside of your household at least 120 hours between March 15, 2020, and June 30, 2021 in one of the sectors identified by the state, and not have received unemployment benefits for more than 20 weeks. Details of the program are still being finalized, but applications are expected to open mid-June. For more information about the bonus payment and to see if you qualify, check out this information sheet.
As a reminder, University employees have until June 30 to take any remaining personal holidays, including the two additional holidays President Gabel announced in December. The Board of Regents approved the two extra personal holidays to acknowledge the dedication of faculty and staff during the pandemic. Check your personal holiday balance in the My Time tab of MyU. For details on eligibility and scheduling your holidays, see this OHR web page.
Starting May 12, 2022, masks are not required in classrooms and instructional spaces. Spaces that will continue to require a mask starting May 12, 2022, are: In posted healthcare settings, In settings where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required due to envirionmental or hazardous materials conteitions, and Isolation and quarantine spaces. Individuals may choose to wear a mask in other indoor and outdoor settings. In making decisions about masking, everyone is encouraged to consider local conditions. Mask and other policies may be updated in the future as public health circumstances change. For more information about the change, see the Safe Campus COVID-19 Updates.
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For information on vaccination, testing, and prevention efforts and guidelines, visit the University's COVID-19 Response webpage.