By Staff

AMHERST (CBS) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is placing stricter restrictions on its students after an increase in COVID-19 cases. Between Feb. 1 and 3, there were 239 new cases reported within the school community.

The spike is predominately among undergraduate students.

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Starting Friday, no student gatherings of any size permitted on or off-campus. The Campus Recreation Center is limited to virtual activities, there will be no in-person dining, building access is restricted, and visitors are not allowed.

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The school said there was “no indication at this time of increased transmission rates between students and university staff.”

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In-person and hybrid learning will continue as planned. Staff