The holidays are coming up fast, and you may either be making or have already made travel plans to visit with your family. As you plan for the holidays, it’s important to remember that although the number of COVID-positive cases is not increasing as sharply in Ottawa as they were a month ago, COVID-19 is still prevalent in our community, across Ontario, Canada and around the world. We must continue to be vigilant and continue to take all of the necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus.
This does not mean we can relax or develop COVID fatigue. In order to protect yourself, your immediate household and others in the Ottawa community, we all need to do our part and continue to be COVIDWise.
When travelling to visit your family and loved ones, it is important to remember that in some communities across Ontario, Canada and around the world, the number of COVID-19 cases remains dangerously high. Carleton continues to strongly discourage personal international travel. We strongly encourage you to review the Government of Canada’s travel information website and contact the International Student Services Office prior to making any international travel arrangements and remind you that you will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon re-entry into Canada.
If you do travel over the holidays, even locally, it’s important that you continue to self-monitor for symptoms and follow all public health guidelines. If travelling across Canada, you should verify restrictions and exemptions for the province or territory you will be travelling to and note that this information is subject to change. While at home, you are reminded to continue to wear a mask and keep six feet (two metres) of distance between yourself and anyone who is not in your social circle. You may also want to download Canada’s COVID Alert app.
We also urge you to use the holidays and have honest conversations with your roommates to set clear social bubbles for the new year. Having these important conversations with your immediate household will continue to help stop the spread of the virus.
We hope that you enjoy the holidays this year and stay safe as we all continue to work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all members of the Carleton and Ottawa communities. We also encourage you to remember to take some time to practice self-care, to recharge for the winter semester by eating healthy, remaining active and getting plenty of rest.
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