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UArizona to allow larger in-person classes starting March 29

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Mar 15, 2021
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The University of Arizona announced Monday that it will allow larger in-person classes beginning March 29.

According to a press release, the University is moving to stage 3 of its instructional plan, which allows up to 100 students to gather in a classroom.

The increase in classroom size is currently capped at 50 students or fewer.

"We are able to project this shift due to continuing lower numbers of COVID-19 cases in the campus population," President Robbins said. "From the period of March 8 to March 12, we administered 8,945 COVID-19 tests, with 17 positives – a positivity rate of 0.19%."

Robbins also said that occupancy limits to on-campus events remain in place, with indoor event attendance at 25 and outdoor events at 50.

For students, this is a welcome change.

I feel like the zoom fatigue is real and it's hard to stay motivated to keep going when you are at your dorm or at your apartment the whole time," Mac McGraw said. "I think it will be a nice change of pace going back to in-person."

Some freshmen like Joey Galati have not had an in-person class since starting at the University of Arizona.

"I haven't really fully experienced U of A campus life. My last classes were senior year of high school," Galati said. "I am really excited to meet more people and get that full college experience."