Coronavirus Message to Marist Italy Parents February 24, 2020
As you likely know, there has been an increase in the number of novel coronavirus cases in Northern Italy, clustered in several small towns in Lombardy, and one in Veneto. Italian authorities have pro-actively introduced safety measures including temporarily halting entry and exit from the affected towns. The Marist Florence Branch Campus, operated in collaboration with Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici, is located in Tuscany, and is not affected by the Italian government’s current travel restrictions.
We operate with an abundance of caution, and as such, have implemented additional safety measures beyond those of the Italian government and health authorities. Earlier today, I sent your student the message below, outlining these additional steps and recommendations.
We are continuing to monitor the situation through ongoing review of Italian, CDC, WHO, and other reports, as well as through professional connections and networks in Italy and internationally. If additional measures or changes to the program become necessary, we will communicate these changes without delay.
Safety, health, and security is our highest priority. Please do not hesitate to be in contact if you have any questions.
Dr. John E. Peters
Dean, International Programs
Acting Dean, Marist Italy
Associate Professor, Economics