Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

New COVID-19 Restrictions and Impacts to Campus

State health officials announced new COVID-19 restrictions with implications for the Chico State community including a limited stay-at-home order and closure of indoor study space.


Announced: November 20, 2020, 10:45 a.m.

To: Campus Community
From: Emergency Operations Center 

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials announced new COVID-19 restrictions with implications for all Californians and the Chico State community. Below are summaries of those recent decisions and implications for our campus. 

Limited Stay-at-Home Order

Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a limited stay-at-home order for all California counties currently under Tier One (purple) of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which includes Butte County and Chico.  

The order prohibits all gatherings involving members of other households and all activities conducted outside one’s residence with individuals from other households from 10 p.m.–5 a.m. starting Saturday, November 21 at 10 p.m. The order remains in effect until 5 a.m. on Monday, December 21, but may be revised if needed. Individuals will still be able to participate in normal activities like going to work, grocery shopping, and picking up takeout, as long as they aren't gathering with other households. 

For employees, neither yesterday’s stay-at-home order nor Butte County’s recent move into Tier 1 (purple) affects current working arrangements. Because the state deems Chico State as critical infrastructure and employees as an essential workforce, University employees are excluded from the order’s requirements.  

For students, the order means that any gathering or party—no matter the size—with members of other households is prohibited from 10 p.m.–5 a.m. while the order is active. Limits on daytime gatherings are already in place and should be followed: 

  • Gatherings that include more than three households are prohibited. 
  • All gatherings must be held outside in Tier 1 (purple), which includes Butte County and Chico, and six feet of physical distance must be maintained. 
  • Per new state guidelines, face coverings should be worn at all times unless eating or drinking. 
  • Individuals should wash their hands or use sanitizer frequently, especially before and after eating or drinking. 
  • Gatherings should be two hours or less. 

Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms, including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, night sweats, sore throat, nausea, loss of sense of taste/smell, must stay at home. If you experience symptoms, call Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline immediately at 530-898-2222. Calls to the hotline are voluntary, and all information will remain confidential.  

Use Tip411 to provide anonymous, real-time tips about gatherings or parties that are in progress or being planned.

The Grove Study Space Closing Temporarily

Due to the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in Butte County and its shift to Tier 1 (purple), and with guidance from local public-health experts, the University is temporarily discontinuing the use of The Grove in the Meriam Library as a designated indoor study space. 

The University recognizes the importance of indoor study space and will continue to monitor local COVID-19 conditions and pursue opportunities to reopen The Grove and additional on-campus study spaces as conditions improve. Chico State’s campus and grounds are open and students may take advantage of outdoor study spaces and expanded Wi-Fi. The outdoor tent in the Warrens Center courtyard remains open Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. with two 30-minute closures for cleaning and sanitizing. 

Library Services Still Available

While The Grove is temporarily closed, Meriam Library continues to provide essential library services. Physical books and media are available for checkout from Meriam Library by reserving online and picking up in-person outside the library. The library also provides online research resources including e-books and articles and virtual research support, including 24/7 chat support and the ability to schedule Zoom appointments with librarians. View all available library services.  

The University’s first priority has always been and will always be the health and well-being of students, staff, and faculty. We appreciate the Chico State community’s patience and perseverance as we continue to respond to the ever-changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.