COVID-19 Update: Additional COVID-19 restrictions lifted as part of province’s COVID-19 response plan

WHAT
The Ontario government recently announced a gradual approach to lifting the remaining public health and workplace safety measures over the next five months. The first phase of this plan began on October 25 and has impacts on Durham College (DC) operations – see below for more details.

WHEN
November 8

DETAILS
The province has lifted capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for post-secondary institutions, where proof of vaccination is required.

For DC, this means:

  • Meeting spaces and common areas can now be used at full capacity, but no food consumption is permitted.
  • The large food consumption areas, such as DC’s cafeterias, now allow up to six people table capacity. Two-metre distancing will still be maintained between tables.
  • The capacity for indoor organized public events or social gatherings (not including academic environments) remains at 25 people.
  • The Flex centre and athletics facilities no longer require timeslot bookings for facility use.
  • The Durham College Spa is now open for select services by appointment.

As more restrictions are lifted across the province, DC will continue to communicate the impact to campus operations.

In the meantime, the DC community and visitors are reminded that the below health and safety protocols remain in place across all campuses.

Vaccination and pre-screening

All individuals attending a DC campus, college-operated property or college sanctioned event must:

  1. Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a World Health Organization or Health Canada-approved vaccination.
  2. Upload proof of full vaccination to the COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening Questionnaire before coming to campus or, for visitors, show proof of vaccination to security.
  3. Complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to their visit.
  4. Wear a face mask or covering.

Note: Individuals will only need to upload proof of vaccination into the app one time but will still be required to complete the screening questionnaire each day before coming to campus.

More information about this process can be found in our most recent vaccination policy update.

When to stay home or report an illness

To protect the health and safety of our campus community, stay home if you:

  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
  • Have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Have been directed to quarantine/self-isolate.

If you are feeling unwell, please report your illness immediately to:

Face masks and coverings

Face masks or coverings are required while on campus.

  • Face masks/coverings may only be removed in designated eating areas while eating and must be worn once eating is complete. Eating is not permitted outside of designated spaces, such as lounges and hallways.
  • Students and employees who cannot wear a face mask or covering must complete a risk assessment by emailing susan.smikle@durhamcollege.ca. Those who cannot wear a mask and who come to campus without completing a risk assessment will be asked to leave.

For more information on face mask/covering guidelines, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.

How we will communicate with you

DC is committed to communicating with its campus community in an open and transparent manner.

Here is how we will inform you about positive COVID-19 cases at DC:

  • For on-campus cases (an individual who has been on campus in the past 14 days), our COVID-19 Reporting dashboard will be updated and a contact tracing email will be sent to students and employees who may have been in contact with the positive case.
  • For an on-campus outbreak (two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection on campus), DC will send a message to all students and employees via email, the DC Mobile app, and post an update to the COVID-19 webpage.
  • The COVID-19 Reporting dashboard will also be updated and a contact tracing email will be sent to students and employees who may have been in contact with the positive case.

For more information about how we will communicate with you throughout the year, as well as our COVID-19 response plan, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.

COVID-19 webpage

 The COVID-19 webpage is DC’s official source for information about the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes updates, a DC COVID case dashboard, campus health and safety protocols, the college’s COVID-19 response plan, vaccination details, program delivery information, remote learning resources and frequently asked questions.

Please continue to check the COVID-19 webpage and your DC email regularly for the latest updates. You can also follow DC’s official social media feeds and download the DC mobile app.