CMC to Partially Reopen Outdoor Recreational Facilities

Today, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) President Hiram Chodosh informed students that he plans to partially reopen recreational facilities on campus this month. Additionally, he announced that CMC faculty and staff will meet coronavirus vaccination eligibility requirements this month. CMC plans for students to return to campus this Fall.

As new COVID-19 cases continue to decline in California, the email stated that “[Los Angeles County] officials have signaled that they will allow CMC to offer very limited use of outdoor recreational facilities for permitted individual fitness activities this month. The College is putting plans in place for mid-March to offer recreational opportunities to CMC students, faculty, and staff by reservation at Biszantz Family Tennis Center, Axelrood Pool, and the Burns Track Complex.”

While the Claremont Colleges are fully remote, there are students living in Claremont and the surrounding area. Some of these students grew up nearby while others moved into Claremont for the academic year. Previously, these students could not access CMC’s on-campus facilities.

President Chodosh noted that “recent announcements from the State of California and the L.A. County Department of Public Health [indicated] that higher education staff and faculty are eligible for vaccination starting this month.” Last month, students learned that Student Health Services were approved to dispense COVID-19 vaccines. CMC is “working with [Los Angeles] County on implementation.”Other Claremont Colleges have announced that they will also offer limited services to their outdoor facilities. Last week, Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr emailed students that the College is planning on reopening its outdoor facilities, including the Haldeman Pool, the Pauley Tennis Court, and the Strehle Track.

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