COVID-19 update for the campus community
December 09, 2021 12:30 PM
To All Members of the Western Community,
With the end of term around the corner and some newly emerging guidance from the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU), we have updates to share regarding on-campus activity for December and into January, health and safety protocols during exams, university travel and our vaccination clinic.
Health Unit Updates
Due to the rise in cases and the presence of Omicron in our region, the MLHU today recommended that people reduce their contact with others in the coming weeks, beginning with smaller social gatherings.
Regarding December exams that begin tomorrow, the MLHU is fully supportive of Western’s plans for in-person exams. Their support is based on the fact that there is no evidence of transmission in classrooms. The university continues to require masks indoors.
That said, the MLHU has advised we decrease the number of people on campus where possible. Therefore, effective Monday, December 13 some employees will begin working remotely before the holiday break. Employees will continue with on campus activities to support students, exams, campus operations and health and safety.
Western continues to ensure that proper health and safety protocols are in place in classrooms and examination rooms. Detailed information on protocols for examinations, which has been shared on our social media channels, can be found by visiting the Office of the Registrar.
Anyone planning to travel outside of Canada during the break should continue to follow health and safety protocols for safe travel and return.
As of December 1, 2021, new border restrictions are in place, including for travel from selected countries.
Pediatric Vaccinations and Boosters
COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5-11 years and booster doses continue to be available at Western’s on-campus vaccination centre.
The on-campus vaccination centre hours of operation are updated weekly. No appointment is necessary.
Keeping Our Campus Safe
Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our campus safe.
With rising case counts across Ontario, in Canada and around the world – and with the discovery of the Omicron variant – we are reminded that this pandemic continues to evolve.
Our campus community must remain vigilant as we move into the winter break. Please continue wearing masks, keep social gatherings small, stay home if unwell and get tested if COVID-related symptoms develop.
We are grateful that our highly vaccinated campus has been effective in keeping our community safe.
Continued commitment to health and safety guidelines will help reduce transmission to family and friends and support the transition to the winter term in January. At this time we plan to return to campus on January 3, 2022. If direction from the health unit or our ministry should require a change of plans, we will communicate those as soon as possible.
We wish everyone a restful and safe winter break.
Sarah Prichard, Acting Provost & Vice-President (Academic)
Lynn Logan, Vice-President (Operations & Finance)