A message to the Penn community about COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings

We are very pleased to update you about positive trends in the COVID-19 situation on campus. The campus positivity rate, as posted on the University Dashboard today, is now 1.8%, including a dramatic one-week decrease among undergraduate students to 2.99% and a remarkable 0.84% rate among graduate and professional students.

As a result, we are now lifting the restrictions on social gatherings that were implemented temporarily on January 12. Indoor gatherings are now fully permitted, assuming that they follow current Public Health Guidance, and can include food and drink. Students can now resume social event registration for events with alcohol and/or events held at third-party venues.

We are enormously grateful to every member of our community for your partnership, resilience, and flexibility. We also remind all students of the ongoing competitions for testing and documentation participation for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students that will run through the end of this month.

We will continue to keep you updated as we continue to monitor the data trends across our campus and our region.