COVID UPDATE: PROVINCIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

This article was published on: January 14th, 2021

The provincial government has declared a state of emergency for Ontario in response to rising COVID-19 numbers across the province. The declaration includes a stay-at-home order effective today (Thursday, January 14, 2021) requiring that all Ontario residents must stay home except for essential trips. The stay-at -home order will be in effect until at least February 11, 2021.

At this time, we don’t anticipate that the emergency declaration will impact our current on-campus classes, labs or operations. The order allows for travel for essential work which includes the operation of our campuses and for the delivery of classes and labs with essential on-campus elements that can be delivered safely. Please have access to this message, a copy of your timetable and your ID card when travelling to campus.

Programs with on-campus classes or labs that are currently underway, or scheduled to start on Jan. 25 will move forward as planned. Any on-campus delivery of programs not on the government’s exemption list for health care programs will be within the government limit of 10 students per class/lab plus faculty.

Important reminders

We all share an important responsibility for ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment and workplace. Please remember:

  •  Access to Niagara College campus is controlled and limited to those pre-approved to be on campus
  • Non-medical facemasks or face coverings are mandatory on campus;
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet/2 meters on campus;
  • Practice proper hand hygiene;
  • Abide by all government measures and directives, on and off-campus; and
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are awaiting test results because you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus for any reason.

We continue to actively monitor local and provincial measures and directives and will report any changes to campus access or academic delivery accordingly. For the latest information on college operations, and COVID-19 measures, visit www.niagaracollege.ca/covid19