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IWU to begin phase one of reopening in early June

IWU plans to begin a
IWU plans to begin a "phased-in" approach to reopening, set to begin early June. (Union file photo)

MT. PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan University is expected to begin a “phased-in” reopening in early June, according to a news release from university on Thursday.

IWU announced earlier in the month that it plans to reopen the campus fully by fall. The first three phases of the reopening will see “a gradual return to campus for the employees,” which will “begin on or around June 1,” according to the release.

Public access to the university will begin in phase three “with pre-scheduled public events being considered on a case-by-case basis.” Visitors will be required to wear masks “outside of the event venue,” the release also notes, and full public access will be “considered in phase four.”

“Like many higher education institutions, we are planning a cautious and phased opening of our campus. Specific criteria will trigger each phase, and we will always be prepared to return to an earlier stage or close the campus in the event circumstances deem it necessary,” IWU President, Chris Plunkett, said of the campus’ reopening.