Coronavirus FAQ: How does Gov. Wolf's July 15 order impact Penn State?

July 16, 2020

Q. How does Gov. Wolf's July 15 order impact Penn State?

The University is working with the Wolf Administration on its Back to State plans and has confirmed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education that the order limiting indoor gatherings to fewer than 25 people does not apply to classrooms. Other indoor gatherings, however, cannot exceed 25 individuals and must adhere to masking and social distancing requirements. The University will continue to work closely with the Wolf Administration on its return-to-campus plans and is prepared to shift quickly as the pandemic and resulting orders and guidelines evolve, all with a focus on the health and safety of Penn State campuses and surrounding communities. 

All schools in Pennsylvania, including universities, continue to be subject to guidance from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which are designed to aid in safely resuming in-person instruction. These guidelines allow for larger groups in classrooms as long as face masking and social distancing are in place. The University has committed to meeting and, where possible, exceeding the Wolf Administration’s guidelines.

The answer to this question and answers to popular questions surrounding the University's response to the coronavirus pandemic can be found by visiting the “latest updates” section of Penn State's comprehensive coronavirus FAQ. The section will be updated regularly with new or significantly revised questions and answers for students, faculty, staff and the community, at

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Last Updated July 16, 2020