March 11, 2021Print | PDF
Wilfrid Laurier University’s top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is the health and safety of students, staff, faculty, and other Laurier community members. With the approach of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, students are reminded of the importance of continuing to follow public health guidelines.
While the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines is cause for optimism, it will take months before everyone who wants to be vaccinated receives their required doses, making it important to remain vigilant.
“Throughout the pandemic, Laurier students have demonstrated that they are engaged and responsible citizens,” said Ivan Joseph, VP: Student Affairs. “The health risks of COVID remain very real, and our family members, friends, and neighbours are counting on you to make smart choices and to follow provincial and public health guidelines.”
Making the right choices on March 17, 2021, means students should only gather with those in their household. They should also mask up and avoid unnecessary travel. Attending a house party, even if it is a backyard party, is risky behaviour at this time. It may be costly, too, if the gathering is in violation of public health guidelines. Bylaw officers are actively enforcing provincial rules, with fines ranging from $750 for participants to $10,000 or more for tenants and party organizers.
Students living in residence should note that Laurier’s Department of Residence will maintain existing COVID-19 guidelines. The “no guest” policy for the 2021 academic year continues to apply and additional staff will be on hand on St. Patrick’s Day to help ensure that all students are able to use their assigned residence spaces without disruption, as well as feel safe and secure. Similarly, guests will not be allowed at the Ezra-Bricker Apartments. Occupancy will be restricted to the residents that live in each property.
For more detailed advice about protecting yourself and our community from COVID, please visit wlu.ca/coronavirus.
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