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UCLA to require proof of COVID-19 symptom monitoring clearance at some dining halls

Large dining halls on the Hill will require students to show proof of COVID-19 symptom monitoring clearance before entering starting Oct. 25. (Ashley Kenney/Photo editor)

This post was updated Oct. 28 at 12:34 a.m.

UCLA will require students to show a COVID-19 symptom monitoring clearance certificate to enter large dining halls beginning Oct. 25.

Bruin Plate, Epicuria at Covel, De Neve and The Spice Kitchen at Feast are among the dining halls that will require individuals to show their symptom monitoring clearance certificate, according to a UCLA Housing announcement Sunday. The policy will not affect grab-and-go facilities, including Bruin Bowl, Bruin Café, The Drey, Rendezvous and The Study at Hedrick.

The COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System sends students a clearance certificate once they fill out the survey that requires them to report vaccination status, possible symptoms of COVID-19 and potential exposure.

According to the announcement, the university created the new guidelines because the city of Los Angeles released a new ordinance regarding COVID-19 protocols. The ordinance will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative test for unvaccinated individuals before entering indoor facilities that allow for higher-risk interactions starting Nov. 4.

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All individuals living, learning or working at UCLA facilities have been required to complete the Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System before entering UCLA properties since June 2020. However, students say this policy has not been enforced by many professors or dining halls. Students added that the gyms on campus have consistently required a COVID-19 symptom monitoring clearance certificate before entering the premises. 

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The statement said it is the UCLA community’s shared responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. 

This story will be updated.

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Kovach is the 2021-2022 assistant News editor for the campus politics beat. She was previously a contributor for The Stack. Kovach is a fourth-year global studies student at UCLA.

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