By Staff

AMHERST (CBS) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is lowering its coronavirus-risk level status to “elevated” after two weeks of being considered “high.” After a spike of cases, UMass declared the school was at high-risk of COVID-19 to enforce several strict restrictions on campus.

Starting on Monday, in-person classes can resume for students complying with their twice-weekly COVID testing requirement. Students working on campus can return to their jobs as well.

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All athletics programs can resume practices and games, but teams must maintain social bubbles.

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The Student Union and seated dining in dining halls will only reopen if the health situation improves further.

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Since Jan. 1, a total of 578 UMass students were referred to the university’s conduct office for violating COVID procedures. Punishments included suspension and removal from university housing, the school said. Staff