Dear students, 

We’ve come a long way in six weeks, and your commitment to following Calvin’s health and safety protocols has proven effective. As of October 2, we have 0 active on-campus cases of COVID-19. This is a result of our entire community’s commitment to love one another. It’s a beautiful demonstration of what Jesus commanded in John 13:35 “By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and completing your daily health check are a few of the ways our community is showing love for our neighbors. So, thank you. It’s working. 

While we will continue to follow important health and safety protocols, over the next week we will be opening up more opportunities for you to enjoy community with one another on campus. The success of our community’s mitigation efforts combined with the easing of restrictions in the governor’s latest executive orders are the key reasons we are able to make these changes. Please take note of what changes are happening and when each goes into effect.  

Hekman Library 
Effective Monday, October 5 

  • The second floor will become a drop-in/unscheduled individual study area, no longer requiring a check-in or reservation process (except for a few study/listening rooms) 
  • The third floor will have open access (increasing seating by 64 seats) allowing for group study while maintaining social distancing 
  • The fifth floor hopes to be opened in a few weeks (if library users maintain masking and distancing requirements)  

Note: Library hours, health and safety protocols, and the process for requesting resources from closed floors, all remain the same. For more info, see Phase 3 of Library Reopening Plan  

Residence Halls 
Details coming next week

Beginning October 9, indoor occupancy limits in lobbies and basements will change based on new guidelines from Michigan’s governor. Stay tuned as these details are finalized and publicized next week. 

Indoor Eating Spaces 

Effective Friday, October 2 

We are expanding the number of indoor eating areas on campus. Please note that the hours listed below apply only to weekdays at this time. 

  • We will allow students to eat in a section of Johnny’s. We will have pipe and drape separating the eating area from the walkway. 
  • The Spoelhof Café will continue to be available for seating, and eating will now be allowed in this space  from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
  • Hiemenga/Library Lobby area will remain open, and eating in this space is permitted from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  
  • The Prince Conference Center Fireside Room will have seating open for eating from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

In addition to staff being available to wipe down tables, self-service cleaning supplies will also be available in these spaces. Please do your part in keeping the areas as clean as possible, and please take your own trash to appropriate bins or dumpsters on campus. 

Events on campus (Event Services) 

Stay tuned for more information 

A collaborative effort is underway with event services and the facilities team to discern what changes to capacities in spaces will be allowed after October 9. We are working hard to ensure continued safety protocols are adhered to, including mask-wearing and social distancing. More details to come. Questions? Please email 


Details coming next week 

Calvin Athletics remains operational and students will see some outdoor intrasquad scrimmages and events. Students are welcome to attend as long as the total number in attendance does not exceed the recommended number in our COVID-19 protocols. Attendees will be asked to sign in and out of the event, and when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks must be worn. Spectators will not be allowed at indoor scrimmages or events until after October 9. The athletic department and event services are working on attendance protocols for those events. We’ll share more information about those next week. 

We want to again thank you for your commitment to the health and safety protocols here at Calvin. This is a key reason why we are able to open up these opportunities over the course of the next several days. But we must remember that we are running a marathon and not a sprint. We must continue to work together to put ourselves in the best position possible to remain healthy and safe in the days and weeks ahead. We will update you next week as we clarify details about the areas mentioned above.  
We are in this together! 

The COVID-Response Team 
Kristen Alford  
Jennifer Ambrose  
Laura Champion  
Todd Dornbos  
Jim English  
Todd Hubers (co-chair)  
Matt Kucinski  
Brian Paige  
Sarah Visser (co-chair)  
John Witte