SMCC updates out-of-state travel protocols for students, employees

Southern Maine Community College is requiring students and employees who travel outside of Maine to self-quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus.

With COVID cases rising across the state and SMCC’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe College community, SMCC has upgraded its safety protocols regarding out-of-state travel.

Students and employees who travel anywhere outside of the state are now required to quarantine themselves for five to seven days upon returning to Maine before being tested for COVID-19. They will be allowed to return to campus after receiving a negative test result.

Health officials say anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should wait at least five days before being tested for the virus. Typically, if a person develops symptoms, s/he will do so between days 2 and 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Resident students who live in campus housing have different requirements regarding travel and should check with Residence Life staff before planning any travel.