April 16, 2021Print | PDF
On April 16, Premier Doug Ford announced additional restrictions for the province of Ontario, including extending the stay-at-home order that came into effect on April 8 to six weeks from the original four.
The restrictions follow the province’s third state of emergency and are in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission and cases, the impact on the province’s hospitals and the spread of COVID-19 variants.
Effective April 17 at 12:01 a.m.:
Effective Monday, April 19 at 12:01 a.m.:
These restrictions will be strongly enforced. Police and bylaw officers will have additional enforcement powers to enforce public health measures. The police will have the authority to stop anyone outside of their home to inquire about their purpose of travel and their home address.
Laurier operations in compliance with the restrictions announced April 16:
Exams: all Winter-term exams are being held virtually as scheduled.
Course Delivery: The majority of spring term courses will be offered primarily virtually and online during the stay-at-home order. Restrictions on in-person classes remain consistent with those in place under the emergency brake shutdown, with class sizes limited to 10 people; any changes to existing in-person classes will be communicated directly to affected faculty and students.
Access to Campuses: To help keep everyone safe, please do not come to campus for non-essential needs. Protocols for wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing hands regularly remain in effect, as well as COVID-19 self-assessment through the SAFEHawk app.
Student Residences: There are no changes to residence operations and students currently living in residence can remain in residence. The no-guest policy still applies. Essential workers will continue to support our residences and Wilf’s and Terrace Food Court on the Waterloo campus will be modified to support students with pick-up at the Terrace.
Employees: The provincial government has directed that employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home. The majority of Laurier employees will be working from home during the stay-at-home order. Functions that can ONLY be performed on our campuses will be the only work permitted onsite; all other work will be conducted remotely. Employees will be contacted by their managers to confirm whether they will be working on site or remotely.
Office Access: Access to campus and private offices will only be permitted for essential reasons and related to essential work. Faculty members will be permitted access to offices to support remote teaching activities if required. Please contact your dean’s office for further information.
Research Activities: The university is committed to maintaining research functions where allowable; however, all in-person (face-to-face) research involving human participants that is being conducted on Laurier's campuses or an off-campus location in Ontario is suspended until further notice. Visit the Office of Research Services website for further details.
Supports for Students, Faculty and Staff: The pandemic continues to impact members of our university community in various ways as we adjust to ongoing changes and challenges. We encourage you to make use of the supports the university has available to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and flexible work arrangements for employees with young children in school as we all strive to maintain wellness and achieve balance in our lives.
We will communicate with you as we receive updated information from public health and the provincial government. For more information about university operations, safety measures and support services, please visit the Coronavirus Information Hub.
Thank you to the Laurier community for the efforts you have made to keep our campuses safe and to adapt to updated guidelines.
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