COVID-19 situational summary as of May 1, 2022

Western has consulted with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, medical experts, our Joint Occupational Health & Safety committee and employee groups to determine the best health and safety protocols for the spring term and beyond. Western will be continuing its vaccination policy for the spring and summer academic terms and it will be reviewed by September 1, 2022.  

  • Masks will continue to be required indoors until at least June 31, 2022. Spectators and visitors for sporting events, performances and the McIntosh Gallery are permitted to attend campus with proof of vaccination and mandatory masking.
  • Masking will be required at all times in the Western Student Recreation Centre. Varsity athletes will not be required to wear masks while training with their team or during competition.  
  • All Western Libraries will operate at full capacity and masks continue to be required. Food is not permitted in the libraries; lidded beverages are allowed and masks may only be removed while actively drinking. 

Masking requirements: Medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks must be worn by students and employees who are required to be on campus. These masks must always be worn while indoors, as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Employees working in a shared space with open cubicles are permitted to remove their mask while seated and physically distanced. Instructors behind a barrier at the front of a classroom are also permitted to remove their masks.

Visiting Campus?

In-person meetings will be permitted with regular capacity limits and masking in place. Those looking to book events on campus are encouraged to reach out to to let the university know of your plans. 

2022 Summer camps: Western will offer a number of summer camps for school-aged children. More details can be found on the summer camps webpage.

Returning to Campus?

COVID-19 Self-Assessment and Absence Notification: All students and employees are encouraged to complete the provincial COVID-19 self-assessment tool before they return to campus each day.

  • Employees: If you are unwell or are required to self-isolate due to illness or being a close contact, please complete the absence notification tool daily.
  • Undergraduate students: If you are required to self-isolate as a result of direction obtained from a COVID-19 Self-Assessment, please do so. If you are not able to complete your remote learning or attend campus for an in-person assessment or final exam, please contact your home Faculty Academic Counselling Office to request academic considerations.
  • Students in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Education, Ivey Business School, and School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: If you require academic considerations because you cannot attend campus for a required in-person assessment or final exam due to illness or self-isolation, request Academic Considerations via the usual process for your faculty.

COVID-19 Vaccination and testing: Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre is open and vaccinations and boosters continue to be available. Testing will only be available to eligible individuals according to public health guidelines, or as identified by Workplace Health or Health and Wellness to confirm continued self-isolation requirements.

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