I guess I assumed everyone knew about the change in the drop-off procedure at the MTC but I guess I was wrong. I figured I'd share the letter we received from the MTC about this change in policy:
5 June 2009
Health and Safety of Missionaries
Across the world there has been much publicity and concern regarding the importance of containing the spread of communicable diseases. In light of this concern, and as a precautionary measure, the Provo Missionary Training Center will now allow only newly arriving full-time missionaries to enter the MTC facility. This is to prevent additional exposure from outside sources to the missionaries currently at the MTC. Therefore, families should say their goodbyes at home. Those transporting a missionary to the Provo MTC will be able to bid only a brief farewell to their missionary as luggage is unloaded. This marks a permanent change to the drop-off procedure and is consistent with established procedures at all international MTCs.
Missionaries with a fever, chills, sore throat, or body aches in the days immemdiately preceding their scheduled arrival should call (phone number here) to dicuss the advisability of entering the MTC on the scheduled day. If necessary, an alternate entry date will be arranged.
For your information, the Provo MTC includes a health clinic staffed by physicians and nurses to treat the few missionaries who become ill. Precautions are being taken to limit the spread of disease within the center. Any missionary in residence, who exhibits the symptoms listed above, will be held at the MTC until he or she has completed the standard course of treatment.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in protecting the health of missionaries and those they serve. We look forward to your arrival.