Much of Stanford will be sealed off from the public starting Tuesday

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Daily Post Staff Writer

Most people, including Stanford alumni and some professors, will be barred from much of Stanford’s campus starting Tuesday (Sept. 1). In order to prevent the spread of COVID, the university has created a series of restricted “zones” where only approved students and Stanford employees working on campus are allowed.

People in the restricted areas must display their Stanford IDs. Masks are also required.

Members of the public won’t be allowed to enter the “academic campus zone,” an area bounded by Campus Drive and Roth Way which includes the Main Quad and the Oval. Student housing areas will be restricted under the “campus zone,” athletic buildings will be restricted as part of the “athletic zone” and Stanford’s arts locations, including the Cantor Arts Center and the Rodin Sculpture Garden, will be restricted under the “campus arts zone.”

Right now the different zones are all under similar restrictions. The athletic, arts and academic zones are limited to students, faculty campus and other employees working on campus. The campus zone also includes the families of Stanford employees who live on campus.

Stanford chose to break the restricted area up into different zones because some locations, like the arts zone, might be opened to the public sooner than others.

Where you can go

Stanford Health Care buildings, the Arboretum, the Dish area, Stanford Golf Course and the Sand Hill Fields will remain open.

The university estimates that 6,300 students will return to campus in September. Most of the returning students are graduate students, but some undergraduates with special circumstances are coming to campus. Undergraduate classes, which start Sept. 14, will be remote for the fall semester.

Stanford says by creating the zones it is following state COVID guidelines that instruct universities to limit visitors when possible. Indoor classrooms are not allowed while the county remains on the state COVID watchlist, so Stanford wants more room to have socially-distanced outdoor classes.


  1. Let’s work through this logic for a minute. Stanford wants to limit exposure by banning outsiders. On the other hand, Stanford, as far as I can tell, does not restrict students and staff from leaving the campus and making contact with non-Stanford people at stores, restaurants, parks, and other places, where exposure and transmission is likely. Students/Staff who venture out are not forced to quarantine for 14 days either before re-entering campus. How does this policy make any sense???

  2. Turnabout is fair play. How about Palo Alto — or any other city for that matter — ban all Stanford students/staff from entering downtown, Town&Country, California Ave, residential areas, shops on Middlefield Rd, etc., except for travel to/from 101/280/El Camino/Foothill Expwy, and Alma? Win-win.

  3. I saw that CDC statement of how only 6% of total “covid deaths” were from Covid, the rest had multiple, serious underling diseases, advanced age, and 90% in nursing homes. It’s a terrible scandal. We destroyed our economy and lives for nothing.

  4. HCQ is proven treatment method for Covid around the world and has been around since 1950s for other uses. It has to be administered during onset of symptoms, but you’re right, most states ban use because there is no money in it for pharma and because Trump supports it.

    This is very unethical for government to ban effective treatment and interfere in patient-doctor relationship. How many of the 9,000 deaths could have been prevented by use of HCQ protocol?

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