COVID-19 Update for the Campus Community

December 04, 2020 6:00 PM

Move from yellow to orange: What does this mean for Western?

On December 4, 2020 the Ontario government announced the Middlesex-London Health Unit region is moving from the protect (yellow) level to the restrict (orange) level of the COVID-19 response framework, effective Monday, December 7, 2020. 

Since September 18, Western has been operating in a modified phase 3 of our Return-to-Campus plan, which is compliant with the province’s new classification.

There are no new operational changes required over and above the current measures in place on campus and there is no impact on classes or research activities at this time.

We continue to work closely with federal, provincial and local health officials, and should things change, we will communicate with you via email, social media and the university’s dedicated COVID-19 website.

Staying safe over the holidays

With COVID cases on the rise locally and across the country, we must double down on our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As we head into the winter break, students, faculty and staff who are considering travelling should assess the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their intended destination and limit their in-person interactions as much as possible. Visit Western’s travel page for more information.

A global travel advisory is in place to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Please check provincial, territorial and local public health measures and entry-requirements when planning your travels.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit is strongly advising holiday gatherings be conducted virtually. We recognize the importance of connecting with family and friends, but please avoid indoor gatherings and find alternative ways to connect.

The health and safety of Western’s campus community is a shared responsibility. As we all prepare for the winter break, we would like also to highlight some additional guidelines from the health unit:

  • Drastically reduce close contacts with others for 14 days before travelling. This will lower your risk of COVID-19 exposure, as well as the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others.
  • If travelling outside of Canada, inquire about the country’s quarantine and testing requirements before leaving and comply with any direction provided.
  • While at home, please use extra caution and continue to follow health and safety advice. Limit your close contact with others except those in your immediate household.
  • When returning to London and to campus in January, please continue to limit your close contacts and if you travelled within Canada, limit your activities to only those that are necessary for your academic studies. Avoid social gatherings, especially for the first 14 days after you return to the Middlesex-London area.
  • If you must travel outside of Canada over the holidays, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon your return to London and students must register their quarantine plan with Western in advance and follow the required steps for international arrival upon their return.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

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Lynn Logan

Vice-President (Operations and Finance)