Facilities and Logistics
Learn more about Merrimack College’s protocols for travel, transportation and facilities during COVID-19.
Hours Of Operation
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday , 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. through Friday 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight
The Library is closed Friday from 10 p.m. - Saturday 10 a.m. and Saturday from 10 p.m. - Sunday 10 a.m.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sakowich Campus Center
Daily from 5 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Merrimack College follows guidelines from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Campus hours are subject to change when the Stay at Home Advisory is lifted or modified by the Governor.
The College currently has a travel ban in place, and this ban will remain in place for the Spring semester or until further notice. The College will continue to evaluate the risk factors associated with travel along with the status of the CDC Travel Advisory and the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order in determining if this ban will be lifted. In a limited number of circumstances, travel related to research, recruiting, student activities and clubs, and athletics may be approved. Approval for travel will be made at the sole discretion of the Executive Vice President. It is expected that restrictions on travel will persist until the threat posed to travelers and the community has decreased or been adequately mitigated. The College does not regulate the personal travel of staff and faculty but will inform them about government requirements regarding travel where applicable.
From our experience during the fall we know that travel away from campus by residential students substantially increases the risk of contracting COVID-19. Once the Spring semester begins, Merrimack College strongly advises students to refrain from extended personal travel until such time as they return home or move elsewhere after the semester has concluded. Extended personal travel is deﬁned as leaving the area of the campus community overnight or engaging in any activity off campus that would increase the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Students should refrain from travel over weekends, on holidays or otherwise from the time they arrive at the start of the Spring semester until the time they depart at the end of the semester. Merrimack will be providing expanded services and events during weekends.
Employees are not permitted to ride in College vehicles unless necessary. All conference and event related travel must be approved. In the event that an employee must ride in a vehicle with another employee, both employees must wear face coverings. Specific rules regarding occupancy and cleaning of College vehicles have been developed and are available at the MCPD and will also be posted in the vehicles.
Traveling to Massachusetts from Out of State
Massachusetts Travel Order
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts travel order went into effect on August 1, 2020, and requires that all visitors traveling to Massachusetts from any state outside of Hawaii must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form and pursuant to State Order, must produce either a negative COVID-19 test administered up to 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts or quarantine for at least 10 days upon arrival in Massachusetts. A traveler who is required to quarantine may be released from the obligation to continue quarantining upon obtaining proof of a negative test from a molecular test approved by the FDA for emergency use, administered after the person’s arrival in Massachusetts.
Residential Students From Outside the Region
Students have the following options to return to campus:
- It is encouraged that all students outside the region take and produce a negative COVID-19 test administered up to 72-hours prior to arriving on campus. Students with a negative result will be permitted to move into their spring housing assignment upon doing so. Students will still need to be baseline tested upon their arrival. If family members are accompanying the student on campus they must also produce a negative COVID-19 test administered up to 72-hours prior to arriving on campus if they stayed overnight in Massachusetts, otherwise they meet the State exemption for transitory travel. Parents, guardians and family who stay overnight in Massachusetts and plan to accompany their student to campus who could not obtain a test administered up to 72-hours before arriving may obtain a test at your own expense after arrival in Massachusetts but must quarantine until a negative test result is received. When arriving from outside of the state (except for states that are exempt from the Massachusetts travel order), students and family members must complete a Massachusetts travel form upon arrival which can be found online at www.mass.gov/matraveler. We ask that you share a copy of this form with us upon arrival.
- For students who are traveling from outside of Massachusetts and from states that are exempt from the Massachusetts travel order: If testing is not available in your area prior to your departure from home to campus, students may return to campus on January 26 and the College will assist you in testing. Please contact the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Please note that upon arrival, students will be quarantined until they receive their negative test result.
- Please note, if a parent/guardian/family member is entering Massachusetts only to drop off the student and then immediately leaves the campus and the state, they meet the exemption for transitory travel and the travel order regarding testing or quarantining would not apply. However, if they are staying overnight in Massachusetts they are subject to the requirements of the Massachusetts Travel Order. Please be aware the list of exempted states may be altered by the state at any time. For the most recent list of states, visit www.mass.gov/matraveler.
Commuter and Graduate Students from Restricted States
For those commuters and graduate students who are renting locally and will be traveling from a distance to your new residence please be aware of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts travel order that went into effect on August 1, 2020. This order requires that all visitors traveling to Massachusetts (except visitors coming from states that are exempt from the Massachusetts travel order) must self-quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.
Additionally, as mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, when arriving from outside of the state (except for states that are exempt from the Massachusetts travel order), students and family members must complete a Massachusetts travel form upon arrival which can be found online at www.mass.gov/matraveler.
If your arrival to campus is delayed due to a positive COVID-19 test, please contact Hamel Health who will work with you and your faculty to determine when you will be on campus to begin classes.
Students From Within the Region
Although it is not required for students traveling to campus from inside the region to take a COVID-19 test before coming to campus, the College strongly encourages that all students begin to quarantine 14 days before arriving to campus or to take a COVID-19 test administered up to 72-hours prior to arriving to campus.
Students will still be tested for their baseline upon their arrival. As in the Fall semester, if a student arrives on campus and takes a baseline test that produces a positive result, they will be asked to enact their departure plan and sent home if they live within 200 miles of the campus. Therefore, it is very important for students to do everything they can to ensure a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to avoid having to leave the campus for the duration of quarantine.
Please review our Traveling to Massachusetts from Out of State found on our Health and Safety page.
Employees and students who travel by airplane, travel overnight or to identified COVID-19 restricted states will quarantine for 10 days before coming back to campus, regardless of the reason for traveling. This policy ensures compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts travel order, applicable to travel from specified destinations. The College will not support or pay for any travel for any student or employee unless pre-approved. This includes team athletic travel, student and mission trips, admissions and athlete recruiting. All travel exceptions must be approved by the President or Executive Vice President; additional rules for pre-approval will be updated as state policies are amended.
Faculty, staff or students who are commuting into Massachusetts to attend school or work meet an exemption from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Travel Order and do not need a negative COVID-19 test result or to quarantine.
Study abroad programs, both semester-long and short-term, are canceled for the 2020–2021 academic year. Students are encouraged to consult with the Office of Global Education regarding future possibilities.
At this time, we do not recommend using ride shares during COVID-19, however, should a ride share be needed, all requests should be directed to Lot A through the Elm Street entrance.
To comply with social distancing guidelines, the capacity of buildings has been adjusted in various spaces, such as reduced seats in classrooms, dining locations, lounge spaces and meeting rooms. In addition, the capacity of residence hall buildings has been reduced, and triple and quad dorm rooms have been converted into double-occupancy rooms.
Measures to improve pedestrian flow within buildings include wall signage and floor decals to encourage six feet of distancing. In addition, directional signage has been installed in dining locations where queuing and waiting occurs.
To promote at least six feet of distance between individuals, use of restrooms should be limited based on the size of the space. Hands should be washed afterward following public health guidance.
Elevators should be limited to one rider at a time when possible, and all riders should wear a face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons, if possible. Upon departing the elevator, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Multiple-occupancy office spaces, such as cubicles or shared offices, have been evaluated for either plexiglass installations, barrier modifications, furniture reconfiguration or reduced occupancy.
Barriers Installed to Reduce Transmission
Plexiglass barriers have been, and will continue to be, installed in a variety of public-facing counters and offices across campus. Movable barriers have been installed in all residence hall bedrooms for residents to use between socially distant beds.
Cleaning in Buildings
Cleaning protocols within buildings have been modified to be more frequent and stringent. Use of additional electrostatic sanitizing sprayers and EPA-registered COVID-19-killing green cleaning solutions will continue on campus.
In modern HVAC systems on campus, the College installed higher MERV value air filters, has conducted more frequent preventative maintenance, and has adjusting air handling units to allow for increased amount of fresh air into buildings (Sakowich, Crowe, Palmisano, Rogers, O’Reilly, Arcidi, Nursing, Cushing, Athletics Complex, etc.). Use of operable windows in buildings will continue to provide fresh air to circulate.
The Rogers Center is closed to all outside visitors, and all public events are canceled. Instead, students and faculty will use the facility for classes and student events.