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People walk up and down the Class of 1949 Bridge on Feb. 1, the second day of snowfall in Philadelphia due to Winter Storm Orlena. Credit: Kylie Cooper

Penn will suspend on-campus operations on Tuesday for the second day in a row as a snowstorm hits the east coast.

All classes will be held online, and only essential University workers, including Health Systems physicians and staff, will report to work, according to today’s announcement from the Division of Public Safety.

While Irvine Auditorium will be open for symptomatic and close-contact COVID-19 testing, all other saliva-based screening test sites will remain closed, as they have been since Sunday night. Students who had previously scheduled a test for Monday or Tuesday will not have to reschedule their tests and are instead asked to ensure that they have made an appointment for their next required testing day. 

Penn Dining will continue to run on the same modified schedule as Monday, according to an email to students on a dining plan. 1920 Commons and Hill House will be open for brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Falk at Penn Hillel will be open for brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Starbucks and Gourmet Grocer will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Lauder College House, McClelland Express, and Houston Market will all be closed. 

“Penn’s goal is to ensure that students can receive life-sustaining services, such as dining, facility, and emergency response, as well as ensuring that faculty, staff, and students do not endanger themselves by traveling in unsafe conditions to campus unnecessarily,” DPS wrote in an emailed statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian on Jan. 31.