Updates for the U of A community, week ending November 13

This week’s edition includes information on: new provincial restrictions; clarification regarding U of A singing, dance, and theatre activities; remote work during winter semester; a new email address to contact the triage team; and, mask updates: three layers, styles, and student exemption procedures

13 November 2020

Posted: November 13, 5:00 p.m.

New Provincial Restrictions Effective November 13

On November 12, the Premier announced a number of new COVID-19 health restrictions that will be in place between November 13 - 27. These restrictions will impact a number of activities that had been previously planned to take place at the U of A:

  • Suspension of Indoor Group Fitness and Team Sports
  • 15 Person Limit on Social Gatherings
  • Number of People in Work Area

Clarification: U of A singing, dance and theatre activities not affected by new restrictions

Since the announcement yesterday, the Government of Alberta has added additional information to their new restriction around suspension of singing, dance, and theatre activities; it does not apply to schools, as additional measures are in place to reduce the risk for staff and students. Therefore, at this time Fall 2020 singing, dance, and theatre activities that are a part of approved in-person courses will continue unaffected by recent provincial restrictions. 

Remote Work Continues Through Winter Semester

The health, safety and wellbeing of our community continues to guide all university activity. As we anticipate remaining in Phase 2 of our relaunch plan until at least the end of the Winter 2021 semester — particularly with the sustained increase in COVID-19 cases — there will also be no change to our current work remotely directive before April 30, 2021. Faculty and staff members who are currently working remotely will continue to do so for the Winter semester. The exemptions approved for the Fall will continue as well. Our remote work plan will be revisited by university leaders again in mid-March.

New email address to report a case of possible exposure on campus

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are legally required to isolate — and you’ve been on campus in the last 14 days — please notify your instructor or supervisor. Your instructor or supervisor will then contact the Rapid Response Triage Team by emailing phrt.triage@ualberta.ca. If you’re a member of our on-campus community, be sure to read and bookmark the University’s rapid response process at uab.ca/triage. Supervisors, instructors and other university event organizers have an important role to play in contact tracing.

Get to know the U of A’s Rapid Response COVID-19 Triage Team and what they do »

Masks: Three-layers, different styles, and student exemptions

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Alberta recently updated their recommendations for selecting face masks to aim for those with three layers to maximize your protection. See a few new or recently updated mask resources: