Indiana University Increases Travel Restrictions as Coronavirus Continues to Spread

(BLOOMINGTON) – Indiana University is banning all travel to any country the Centers for Disease Control has identified with a level three travel advisory.

Italy was added to the list on Saturday. Others include China, South Korea, and Iran.

IU officials say they will grant exceptions only for humanitarian reasons for those traveling to banned countries to assist with the pandemic response for Coronavirus Disease also known as COVID-19. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

IU officials say anyone traveling to a CDC designated level two or three countries will be required to self-quarantine off-campus for a period of 14-days before returning to the University.

Students and staff returning from a country with a confirmed case of coronavirus will be asked to complete a secure IU traveler information form and speak with the IU public health team.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.