Shared Community Spaces

To help protect the greater Gratiot County community, we have temporarily changed our practices and policies around shared community spaces. Our interactions with the greater Alma community enrich campus life and help our students become more well-rounded citizens, and we look forward to returning to full guest capacity when it is safe to do so.

These policies may change as we continue to follow the Governor’s guidelines for our state. 

Please note that gatherings and events are not permitted in student housing. Visit Housing and Residence Life for more information on student safety guidelines. 

To learn more, click on the arrows in the table below.

Alma College Bookstore and Starbucks
  • The number of people in the store, including employees, is temporarily limited to 25 percent of the total occupancy limits established by the state or local fire marshal. Customers are required to wear a face covering when inside the store.

  • Our space has been redesigned to encourage employees and customers to maintain six feet of social distancing.

  • Employees have been trained on enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocol, including training for cashiers on cleaning between customers.
Alan J. Stone Recreation Center

The Stone Recreation Center will reopen to Alma College students, staff and faculty — but not their families, or any other members of the greater community — on Aug 31. Hours are as follows: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The McClure Natatorium in the Hogan Center will also open to students, staff and faculty only on Aug. 31. Hours are as follows: 6-8 a.m. and 4-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A number of safety modifications will be in place, including:

  • Face coverings will be required at all times while working out at the recreation center, and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.
  • Face coverings will be required while on the pool deck, but not while swimming.
  • The track will be closed.
  • Students, staff and faculty must show their Alma College ID and the green “check mark” they receive when they’ve successfully completed their Daily Screening Form before they enter the building.
  • Users will be required to wipe down their equipment before and after use.
  • Users must follow one-way signs at entrances and exits and not move gym equipment from its location.
Oscar E. Remick Heritage Center
  • We believe it’s very important for the development of performing arts students to be able to showcase their craft. We do plan on having performances for the upcoming semester, albeit with smaller audiences and mechanisms in place to provide for the health and safety of all in attendance.

  • Seating charts for all performances will enable households to sit together, while others must be seated six feet apart.

  • Cleaning procedures have been expanded in order to ensure safe facilities for all. Frequent cleanings are being conducted between all events and all surfaces that patrons contact, including seats, the box office, handrails and restrooms. In the event that a performer or an employee of the Heritage Center shows symptoms of COVID-19 infection and/or a COVID-19 case is confirmed, CDC protocols for sanitizing will be followed.

  • Performers and employees of the Heritage Center have increased access to hand sanitizer and face coverings. Performers will wear face coverings whenever possible and use of face coverings is required for all employees.

  • Patrons of the Heritage Center should visit the ticket counter on a “one person per party” basis. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at many points throughout the theater. Lines will be clearly marked for patrons to use and use of face coverings is required.
Alma College Library
  • To protect the health and safety of our campus community, the library is currently open to only current Alma College students, faculty, and staff. Community members may call the library with questions at (989) 463-7229.