COVID-19 Update: New provincial restrictions and DC’s operations

The winter semester is set to begin as scheduled on Monday, January 10, and we are excited to welcome new and returning students to Durham College (DC).

As announced in December, many DC programs and most services will be delivered remotely where possible until at least Friday, January 28, with a limited number of students and employees permitted on campus for required in-person activities.

Program delivery can be found online, however, course delivery details will be updated after Thursday, January 6 at 7:30 a.m. Students are encouraged to check their schedules on MyDC on or after that date to determine whether they will be on campus or learning remotely at this time.

On Monday, the provincial government also announced further temporary restrictions in an effort to reduce transmission of the Omicron variant and support health units. These changes will be in place until Wednesday, January 26, and impact additional campus operations:

  • Indoor dining – food consumption is only permitted in the Oshawa campus Marketplace and Whitby campus Café, all other designated eating areas are closed. Physical distancing between tables will be required in these spaces, with one student permitted per table only.
  • Athletic facilities – closed for general use and remains available for in-class academic programming only.
  • Campus Store – open with capacity reduced to 50 per cent.
  • Library – closed until further notice but offering curbside pick-up at the Oshawa campus.

Other than those pre-approved on-campus activities, employees who have not been asked by their manager to work on-site should work remotely and remain accessible via phone, MS Teams and email during business hours.

As a reminder, the college’s Health and Safety team should be made aware of reported student and employee absences that are related to illnesses and COVID-19 symptoms. If you are sick and cannot attend work or class, even if you are learning remotely or working from home, please follow the illness reporting protocol:

As the winter 2022 semester progresses, program delivery and/or on-campus class schedules may continue to change – however, we remain optimistic that we will resume more in-person operations as the COVID-19 situation improves.