COVID-19 Update: Impacts to DC regarding province-wide “emergency brake shutdown” beginning April 3

This afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced a province-wide “emergency brake shutdown” beginning Saturday, April 3 at 12:01 a.m. for at least four weeks. These measures are put in place to decrease the rising rates of COVID-19 infections and the spread of variants of concern across the province.

As of Saturday, April 3


With strict health and safety guidelines and protocols guiding decisions at Durham College (DC), this shutdown will impact some college programs and operations, including:

  • Approved in-person learning activities at DC’s campuses will transition to meet the additional restrictions as required.
  • Students in programs affected by the new restrictions will be contacted directly by their school office as soon as possible.
  • Remote classes will continue as scheduled, and residences remain open.
  • Athletics facilities at both the Oshawa and Whitby campus will close. This includes the Flex Fitness Centre and indoor tracks, Campus Field House, and Whitby Fitness Centre. The Campus Ice Centre at the Oshawa campus will remain open for vaccinations.
  • The Campus Library is limited to a 25 per cent capacity and access to the second and third floors only.
  • For a full list of campus services and hours, please visit our COVID-19 campus operations page.

      DC will continue to respond quickly and transparently to the evolving province-wide restrictions, putting both the health and safety of our campus community and the educational experience of our students first.

      As always, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of our classmates and colleagues through the mandatory use of face masks while on campus, as well as following the preventative safety measures.

      For more information about DC’s response to COVID-19, please visit