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The Syracuse Police Department will not enforce social distancing at off-campus gatherings near Syracuse University, Mayor Ben Walsh said at a press conference Friday.
The city of Syracuse will play a “supportive” role in managing the spread of coronavirus at SU, Walsh said, adding that SPD’s patrol of the University Hill area will remain unchanged from recent years. The department typically responds to noise complaints, open containers and reports of possession of illegal substances.
The mayor said he is nonetheless concerned about the potential of the virus spreading from the university area to the larger Syracuse community.
“We wouldn’t be spending as much time engaging with the universities and the stakeholders if we weren’t concerned,” Walsh said of students returning to campus. “We are relying on the university to communicate and engage with the students and we are simply there, playing the supportive role.”
SU submitted its reopening plans to the New York State Department of Health earlier this month for review.
The university has also released its “Stay Safe Pledge,” a list of health behaviors SU will require students to follow …read more
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