Looking ahead to summer: What we know today

June 11, 2021 8:30 AM

Dear Western Community Members,

As we prepare for a full return to in-person classes this fall, we want to update the campus community on how Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen will impact Western’s operations over the summer months.

The province has outlined a three step re-opening plan. The province enters Step One on Friday, June 11, 2021. We will remain in each step for at least 21 days and progress to the next step will occur only if vaccination thresholds and other key public health indicators have been met.

As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out across our province, all members of our campus community are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Western will operate an on-campus vaccination clinic later this summer, as supply allows, to accommodate first and second doses of the vaccine. All faculty, staff and students, regardless of health care coverage, are eligible. For more information and regular updates, visit: http://westernu.ca/coronavirus/vaccine.html.

We’ve outlined below what to expect on campus with each step:

Step One

  • Event spaces: Outdoor gatherings can take place on campus with up to 10 people with two metres of physical distancing.
  • Research space: On-campus research requires approval of the Dean or delegate. In-person, face-to-face research may resume with on-campus personnel. Occupancy of on-campus research spaces is limited to 30 per cent.
  • Sport and Recreation: Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sport team training can resume with up to 10 people with three metres of physical distancing.

After 21 days, dependent upon vaccination rates and positive trends in public health, Ontario will move to Step Two.

Step Two

  • Campus eateries: The Spoke, Centre Spot Tim Hortons and UCC Starbucks can reopen for take-out only.
  • Event space: Outdoor gatherings can take place on campus with up to 25 people with two metres of physical distancing. Indoor meeting spaces can have up to five people with two metres of physical distancing.
  • Retail: The Bookstore can reopen at 25 per cent capacity. InfoSource can reopen for Purple Store curbside pick-up.
  • Sport and Recreation: Outdoor sports and leagues are permitted with capacity limits.
  • Student Central/Office of the Registrar: Opens to in-person service two days a week (Monday and Thursday) from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

After 21 days, dependent upon vaccination rates and positive trends in public health, Ontario will move to Step Three.

Step Three

  • Access to offices and workspaces: Meetings can take place with a maximum of 10 people with physical distancing limitations.
  • Campus eateries: Indoor dining across campus can reopen with two metres of physical distancing.
  • Event space: Outdoor events permitted with capacity limited to allow for two metres of physical distancing. Indoor spaces can be at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Libraries: Study space in Taylor Library can reopen while adhering to physical distancing. Booking for study seats will be available online. Weldon Library remains closed for construction of the new Learning Commons.
  • McIntosh Gallery: Can reopen by appointment. Virtual gallery programming can be accessed here
  • Performing arts: Indoor performances are permitted including live music with capacity limits and two metres of physical distancing.
  • Research space: Visit Western Research for updates as they become available.
  • Retail: The Bookstore can operate at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Sport and Recreation: Indoor Campus Recreation facilities reopen with capacity limits. (gym, weight room, ice rink, indoor pool, etc.).
  • Student Central/Office of the Registrar: Open to in-person service Monday to Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In all three steps only the lower-level services in the University Community Centre (UCC) remain open, including Workplace Health at WesternStudent Health Care, Lifetouch Photography and On-Campus Pharmacy and essential services such as Campus VisionUCC Dental and Western Chiropractic by appointment.

As always, all plans are subject to provincial and public health requirements, allowing for flexibility if there is a need to change course.

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With accelerated COVID-19 vaccination rollout across the region, Western University is preparing for a full return to in-person classes while prioritizing the health and safety of the campus community.

The university is also developing plans for the safe and gradual transition back to campus for faculty, staff and students beginning in early August, depending on each unit and department.

Details will be shared in the coming weeks.

At this time, all university employees continue to have access to campus for any work that requires their office or lab. Western will continue to communicate with its employee groups and supervisors will share any changes for staff in their work assignments directly.

We know some staff are already working on campus. Thank you - your continued support is greatly appreciated.

As new information becomes available and plans evolve, we will communicate early and often with the campus community.

We look forward to welcoming our entire community back soon.

Sincerely,

Lynn Logan
Vice-President (Operations and Finance)

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AFFILIATED UNIVERSITY COLLEGES

For information about operations at the affiliated university colleges, please visit their respective websites: Brescia, Huron and King’s.

Additional COVID-19 resources for the campus community can be found on Western’s COVID-19 website and on the MLHU’s website.