Riverland Community College has reopened its buildings in Austin and Albert Lea.

It is the first time both campuses have been open to the public since the school closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials with Riverland stated that there have been some changes to campus policy and procedure to protect staff, students, and visitors, including lobbies being open during regular weekday hours. It is advised to call ahead for an appointment for faster and safer service.

Riverland is asking people to use phone, email, and online options if those methods fit their service needs, and only certain doors will be open and visitors will be screened for symptoms upon entry. On the Albert Lea campus, visitors are asked  to enter through the A1 door. On the Austin campus, East Building, visitors are asked to please enter through the E7 door. On the Austin campus, West Building, you are asked to please enter through the W1 door.

Visitors will also be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire at the entrance or complete an online questionnaire before coming to campus to save time.  If you are sick, or if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you are asked to please not come to campus.

Riverland is also asking visitors to limit the number of people they bring to campus, practice social distancing, and mask wearing and hand washing are encouraged.

Riverland’s campus in Owatonna is scheduled to reopen on July 20.