Tuesday, March 17, 2020

State of Emergency in Ontario – Residence Update

As you will have seen, this morning Premier Ford officially declared a state of emergency in Ontario, banning public events of over 50 people and closing public spaces including restaurants and bars.

Following this directive, we strongly recommend that students not participate in any St. Patrick’s Day activities. Everyone needs to be responsible to flatten the curve for the safety of the community and especially to protect the most vulnerable among us.

While we recognize that some of our residents are not in a position to go home, we strongly recommend that those who can go home do so as soon as possible.

As indicated in a recent email, residents who move out by 4:00 pm on March 22, 2020 will be provided a pro-rated refund for residence and meal plan costs. Please refer to the check-list on the Housing and Residence Life website for further details on the process for moving out.

The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health continue to introduce new measures, including avoiding non-essential trips in the community, to keep the transmission of the virus low for the safety of everyone.

Please help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
  • Avoid sharing drinks and food
  • Practice social distancing
    • This includes when you are eating in The Caf. There should be a minimum distance of two metres between you and every other person. Please keep at least two seats between you and anyone else
    • Please exercise caution when headed off-campus and entering social spaces such as shops, take-out food providers and public transit
  • Please limit any gathering in residence to less than 5 people, and please also ensure that social distancing is taking place

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