WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University has created more than 30 new outdoor tents for students to eat and study.
In total, 16 outdoor study tents and 21 dining tents have been added. The spaces can accommodate more than 1,500 students.
Purdue added the areas as part of the their de-densification plan.
Each space includes hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. Plexiglass was also added around every seat for extra protection.
Freshman Brandon Ng said it's important the university continues to provide a safe environment.
"We want to stay here as long as we can. We want to get the best education that we can. So if we can do that and sacrifice a little bit of space, then it's worth it for sure," said Ng.
"It gives them an opportunity to be an campus, to do their classes that they have in person, to find a place to eat and then find a place to study," said Dean of Libraries Beth McNeil.
Most tents are open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m, weather dependent.
McNeil said additional study areas have also been created within Purdue's Libraries.