Monday opening for athletics facilities and competitions

Williams students,

I’m writing to let you know that the college’s athletic facilities will re-open for use next Monday, January 10. This is a change from our previously announced intention to re-open them tomorrow (Friday).

Relatedly, starting on Monday we’ll welcome spectators from the campus community at our varsity competitions. In the meantime, student spectators only will be allowed at this weekend’s ice hockey, swimming and basketball events. To attend, students must be approved to be out of isolation and have completed two negative PCR tests. You’ll need to show your Williams ID for admission and will have to stay masked while at the competition. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate any spectators at squash and wrestling, given the lack of distancing between the audience and participants.

Monday’s date for the fuller reopening best matches the college’s current plan to restart in-person classes that day, assuming the outlook remains stable in the meantime.

Students, to use the gym once it’s open you’ll have to have completed your isolation period and had two negative tests. You’ll also have to mask whenever you’re inside Athletics buildings, even while playing ball, etc. There have been reported problems with a few folks who’ve ignored that rule and refused to mask up in the gym when asked. So from now on anyone found unmasked will get a warning. If they don’t immediately mask up and stay masked, they’ll be instructed to leave the building.

No one wants that. We appreciate so many people working so hard to stay safe. Hopefully the re-opened gym and the opportunity for spectators will give you some much needed ways to be healthy and have fun, within the limits we’re all experiencing.

Thanks,

Jim Reische