Response Timeline

31 Dec 2019

China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province

22 Jan 2020

World Health Organization to China issued a statement saying that there was evidence of human-to-human transmission

23 Jan 2020

U of A Public Health Response Team activated

5 Mar 2020

Government of Alberta confirmed first presumptive case in province

7 Mar 2020

U of A issued travel directive and restrictions

11 Mar 2020

World Health Organization declared the pneumonia outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic

12 Mar 2020

Government of Alberta activated aggressive new measures, including suspending 250+ mass gatherings

13 Mar 2020

U of A suspended in-person classes and exams; full U of A Crisis Management Team activated

14 Mar 2020

U of A announced move to remote learning

15 Mar 2020

Government of Alberta declared prohibition of student attendance at schools, cancels all in-person post-secondary classes, and closed daycare facilities. (Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Order, March 16, 2020)

17 Mar 2020

U of A remote class and exam delivery began; Government of Alberta entered a state of emergency

20 Mar 2020

City of Edmonton entered a local state of emergency

22 Mar 2020

All possible U of A research and operations moved to remote work

25 Mar 2020

City of Camrose entered a local state of emergency

27 Mar 2020

U of A Butterdome serves as a secondary assessment and treatment centre

Government of Alberta started regulating essential services and non-essential work in the province

30 Apr 2020

Government of Alberta announced Relaunch Strategy

14 May 2020

Government of Alberta lifted the public health order prohibiting in-person classes at post-secondary institutions, with some exceptions in Calgary and Brooks. (Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Order, May 14, 2020)

25 May 2020

Research activities started to resume on our campuses

4 Jun 2020

City of Edmonton lifted local state of emergency

12 Jun 2020

The Alberta Relaunch Strategy & the U of A enter Phase II

15 Jun 2020

Government of Alberta lifted provincial state of public health emergency

City of Camrose lifted local state of emergency

24 Sep 2020

24 Nov 2020

Government of Alberta declared provincial state of public health emergency

14 Dec 2020

Strict temporary safety measures in effect on all campuses

21 Dec 2020

U of A Butterdome on-call if needed as an Alternative Care Centre

11 Jan 2021

Delayed start to Winter 2021 term

29 Jan 2021

Government of Alberta set a new four-step plan to gradually lift restrictions