Tufts University To Open Campus To Students Despite Concerns From Mayors

MEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Tufts University stands by its plan to reopen its doors to students beginning this weekend on Sunday, despite concerns from the mayors of both Medford and Somerville.

Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo Koehnand and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone released a joint statement that including evidence that densely populated communities, like their own, are impacted more by the virus.

That's why they are asking Tufts to reconsider when they reopen, and how many students they should allow on campus.

Other recommendations include reducing the student population for both on- and off-campus, as well as a process for testing and contact tracing.

Currently, Tufts has set September 8 as the first day of school. Students will be allowed back on campus on a staggered schedule.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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