COVID-19 update for the campus community

October 27, 2021 5:30 PM

To the Western Community, 

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our campus safe. Our highly vaccinated campus population protects Western, the broader community and supports teaching, learning and working on campus. We are providing some updates related to campus dining spaces, Western's flu immunization clinic, COVID-19 health and safety protocols and travel requirements as we head into fall reading week.

Dining spaces on campus
The Great Hall in Somerville House and Alumni Hall are currently open for indoor study space where students can work, eat and drink while seated. Beginning the week of Nov.8, these areas will be open for restaurant-style dining. These spaces have controlled entrances with a health and safety ambassador checking vaccine passports and IDs (Western OneCard - demonstrating the individual has completed daily screening).

Individuals will be permitted to sit together at a table in restaurant-style dining spaces. Masks must be worn when not seated, eating or drinking. Those with exemptions from vaccination are not permitted to access restaurant-style dining spaces.

The east side of Mustang Lounge is also currently open and additional dining and studying spaces will be available starting on November 8.

Provincial health update
The Ontario government announced starting Monday, Oct. 25, capacity limits would be lifted in most settings where proof of vaccination is required. This applies to restaurant-style dining spaces on campus and the campus recreation centre.

We are preparing as many restaurant-style spaces on campus as possible to increase capacity and hope to open more spaces over the coming weeks.

Mandatory three-ply masks
Following advice from Ontario's chief medical officer of health, mandatory three-layer, non-medical masks are enforced across all indoor spaces on campus, with limited exceptions.

Students can pick up three-layer non-medical disposable masks at any of the main campus libraries' service desks. A Western ONECard is required to pick up a 50-pack of masks. Graduate students or employees can continue to obtain their masks through their supervisors. Please cut the straps of the mask before disposing them in a garbage can.

Taking care during fall reading week
If you are planning to travel outside of Canada for the break, please continue to follow health and safety protocols in addition to these five mandatory steps for safe travel and return.
  1. Check for COVID-related requirements or risks in your country of destination.
  2. Obtain a PCR test within 72 hours before you board your return flight or cross a land border.
  3. Prepare a quarantine plan.
  4. Submit your return travel and quarantine information in the ArriveCAN app.
  5. Students must register their travel and quarantine plan with Western if they are returning to Canada. 

 

Take care. Get your flu shot.  

Western’s flu immunization clinic will run from Nov. 1 to Nov. 12 for Western students and employees. The flu immunization clinic will be located in the Vaccination and Testing Centre at the Graphic Services building. No appointments are required.   

Sincerely, 

Jane O’Brien, Associate Vice-President (Human Resources)   

Lynn Logan, Vice-President (Operations and Finance)