Update on DC’s COVID-19 protocols taking effect May 1

Earlier this month, Durham College (DC) announced changes to its COVID-19 protocols, including removing the mask mandate as of May 1. Since then, we have closely monitored the COVID-19 situation, including public health recommendations, and have seen case counts and hospitalizations rise. As a result, DC is extending the mandatory mask requirement until further notice.

This means:

  • All students, employees and visitors are required to wear a face mask or covering when inside college buildings until further notice.
  • Users of recreational spaces, including the FLEX and gymnasium in Oshawa, Whitby fitness centre, sports fields, Campus Ice Centre and Field house, and Bistro ’67, do not require face masks. Employees and spectators are required to wear a face mask.
  • Guests of DC’s restaurant, Bistro ’67 are not required to wear a mask, however employees will continue to do so.
  • It’s everyone’s responsibility to remain vigilant and comply with the mask mandate.

Suspension of vaccination policy and active screening at entrances:

  • As of May 1, proof of vaccination will no longer be required.
  • Pre-screening through the mobile app and checkpoints at entrances will no longer take place. All those coming to campus are responsible to self-monitor closely for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, do not come to campus and follow the steps outlined in our COVID-related illness reporting page.
  • All entrances to our buildings will once again be open.

Important reminders:

  • Remain up-to-date on boosters when eligible. Vaccination remains the best protection against the worst effects of COVID-19 and its variants and is the most important way to protect public health.
  • Continue to maintain physical distancing wherever possible.
  • DC’s response to COVID-19 and illness reporting is available at durhamcollege.ca/COVID.
  • DC will continue to monitor Ontario’s COVID-19 situation and make decisions to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility, patience and ongoing efforts to keep our campuses and communities healthy and safe.