COVID-19 Safety Measures

The Safety Measures General Directives (SMGD) provides guidance on expectations for faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors in preparing their plans to ensure a continued safe return to our campuses. The SMGD reflects the current health measures for the balance of the Winter Term. It may also be amended in response to emerging public health information. It is predicated on promoting vaccination as an important measure as well as other measures as follows:

  • Daily personal health checks
  • Effective ventilation
  • Strong recommendations for wearing masks indoors in high-traffic or high-capacity spaces
  • Staying home when sick
  • Activating the Rapid Response Plan on a positive test or if symptomatic
  • Good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette
  • Prudent personal risk assessment

In order to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, the university may have additional safety measures for higher risk activities and will monitor community infection rates and public health restrictions.

Anyone impacted by  COVID-19  on the basis of a protected ground, recognized under the Alberta Human Rights Act, may apply for accommodations in accordance with the university's Duty to Accommodate Procedure (UAPPOL).

As of June 15, 2022, the Government of Alberta has removed the remaining mandatory provincial public health measures. Masking on public transit and isolation practices have transitioned from mandatory to recommended measures. The Safety Measures General Directives have been suspended and replaced with recommended measures to assist individuals with their COVID-19 decisions.

Many of the learnings from the past few years continue to be valuable and will continue to drive personal decisions to prevent the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and limit serious health impacts. Public health experts recommend everyone exercise prudent personal COVID-19 risk management and implement individual measures to protect yourself and those around you. 

The following safety measures continue to be strongly recommended and are encouraged for members of the university community:

  • Get vaccinated for COVID-19 and keep your vaccinations up to date. If you work in a clinical healthcare setting please confirm the vaccination requirements for you to work on their site. There will be students on placements where masking requirements may remain due to professional college requirements, etc.
  • Monitor your personal health on a daily basis and stay home when you're unwell. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or test positive, it is strongly recommended that you remain at home to prevent transmission. Advise your supervisor or instructor of any absence and consult on possible alternate arrangements.
  • Wear a high quality mask in instructional spaces, indoor high-traffic or high-capacity areas or when accessing public or shared transportation.
    • Various campus locations will have free masks available this fall. 
    • Units can order ASTM Level 3 and N95 (low quantities available) masks using this order form
    • Note that masking may still be mandatory when accessing clinical health care settings on campus or at AHS sites.
  • Wash your hands frequently and practice good cough/sneeze etiquette. Use hand sanitizer when hand washing facilities are not available.
  • Plan events and gatherings with COVID-19 and other risks in mind and institute appropriate measures that align with existing public health requirements.
  • Keep your work, study or living place clean to limit transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Ventilation can help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The university’s building ventilation (HVAC) systems are designed to circulate fresh air safely and are continually monitored to ensure proper operation.

The Institutional COVID-19 Hazard Assessment has been updated to reflect these changes.

University community members are asked to respect the personal health decisions of those around them.

The Public Health Response Team (PHRT) will continue to monitor the progress of COVID-19 and will adjust its measures in accordance with requirements and advice from public health authorities.

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