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New State Mandates, Our New Normal

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Community,

It is my hope that each of you and your families are staying healthy and safe. These are fluid and changing times: our new normal. At MJC we are adapting to this new normal, while continuing to educate, and offer services to our community, remotely now, and in the Fall.

On Monday, July 13th the State of California provided a COVID-19 update. Due to a 28% increase in infections over the last two-week period, new restrictions became effective immediately. The Governor is calling it a “dimmer switch” based on data and science.

All counties in California are required to close all of their “in door” operations:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.

The State of California is keeping a County Monitoring List, of those counties who have shown a surge in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations for 3 consecutive days. Unfortunately, both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties are on this list. Due to being on the list, the below establishments in our counties are required to shut down activities, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick up.

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Shopping malls

In Stanislaus County, the surge in infections are as a result of indoor family gatherings, where no masks are worn, as well as outdoor family gatherings with little or no social distancing. Also, 70% of the new infections are happening in our Latinx communities and in the age group 21-49. This means that while many younger members of our community might not experience symptoms, once infected, they are passing COVID-19 to their family and friends.

We understand how important family and summer gatherings are to our community, but a pandemic thrives in these environments, and rapidly duplicates. Our goal is to collectively lower the spread by adhering to social distancing and wearing a mask.

We care about the well-being of each of you. We know that we can only get through this together, as a community, and by adhering to all the new mandates by the State of California.

We understand the financial strain that this pandemic has already had and will continue to have on so many of our students. What I can guarantee each of you, is that we will continue to serve our community, not only through education, but through all our student services and resources. We are #MJCStrong!!

Stay Safe,

Dr. Jim Houpis

Additional Health Information

Modesto Junior College prioritizes the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. We are committed to continue educating our students in the event Coronavirus spreads within our community. To learn about how we are planning to bring the educational experience online, visit our Instructional Continuity page.

Modesto Junior College takes its directive on all health matters from Stanislaus County Health Services Agency. We strongly urge you and your families to always be fully informed. 

Here's what to do to practice good health:

Shaking hands - don't do it!Avoid hugging, kissing and shaking hands 

a woman avoids touching her faceAvoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

A woman covers her nose and mouth while sneezingCover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

Throwing something into a trash canDispose of used tissues properly after use

washing hands with soap and waterRegularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water

A doctorSeek medical attention if you have flu-like symptoms

person sleepingStay home from school and work if you have flu-like symptoms


At MJC, your health is our No. 1 concern

Week of January 4, 2020