Campus Access Update: April 2, 2020

On March 31, 2020, Contra Costa Health Services extended the previous stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and preserve critical hospital capacity across the region. The new order adds clarifying language around activities at essential businesses, including institutions of higher education such as Saint Mary's College.

The order requires that essential businesses must scale down operations to essential components only. In light of the stricter guidelines in this latest shelter-in-place order, we have new guidance for faculty, students and staff about who can be on campus and the reasons for their presence on campus.

  • Faculty may come to campus if they need equipment, software, or a specialized space that is not available at their homes in order for them to effectively provide remote instruction to students.

  • Students who live locally in the Bay Area may come to campus if they need to access WiFi, computers with webcams, or other technology needed to participate in remote learning.  If you are outside of the Bay Area (or no matter your location), and you are experiencing connectivity or technology limitations, please let us know the details here so that we can offer assistance. 

  • Students with meal plans or flex dollars may come to the campus to retrieve grab-and-go items from Oliver Hall or Café Louis (check Sodexo’s website for hours) or to retrieve food from the Gael Pantry in the Mission and Ministry Center (check the MMC website for hours).

  • Residential students who live locally in the Bay Area who have left the campus may return to the campus if they need to retrieve their belongings from their residence halls. Contra Costa Public Health guidance recommends against out-of-town or out-of-state students returning to claim items. This is an unnecessary travel risk when there is community transmission of COVID-19. Please contact the Office of Residential Experience to make arrangements to retrieve your belongings:; 925-631-4236.

  • Staff should only return to campus to perform essential responsibilities for the institution.

  • Saint Mary’s faculty, employees and students should continue to comply with the latest orders from the Governor of California and Contra Costa County regarding “Social Distancing” requirements.

For questions about the recent update on access to the Saint Mary's campus contact Public Safety at (925) 631-4282 or the COVID-19 Response Group at(925) 631-5500 or