Updates for the U of A community, week ending January 22

Approved research on campus again; other U of A temporary restrictions continue, for now; Library Curbside Pickup is reopening; AHS alternative care centre in Butterdome is ready; Mask policy: What is an enclosed single-user space?

22 January 2021

Posted: January 22, 1:30 p.m.

On-campus research restrictions updated

Starting today, January 22, the U of A has lifted its temporary on-campus research ramp down and is returning to the level of research and related restrictions on campus in place at the start of November 2020. Researchers do not need to apply for approval to come back to campus if their research project has previously received approval to be on campus during COVID-19; however, returning researchers must follow their existing COVID-19 Return to Campus Plans, making any necessary updates. See the full update.

All other U of A temporary restrictions will continue, for now

Currently, there are no other changes to the U of A’s temporarily enhanced safety measures as part of the province-wide State of Public Health Emergency and the COVID-19 restrictions still present in Alberta. This means U of A employees must continue to work remotely while Alberta’s provincewide work from home directive is in effect, with few exceptions

Library Curbside Pickup is reopening on North and Augustana Campuses

The U of A Library will be offering curbside pickup again at both Rutherford and Augustana libraries starting Wednesday, January 27. See more details about Curbside Pickup.

AHS alternative care centre in Butterdome is all ready if needed

Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirmed yesterday that the alternative care centre at the Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome) on our North Campus is now ready as part of their contingency planning. If the AHS Pandemic Response Unit is needed to open to support patient care, it will be a phased approach. The U of A is a proud partner in our collective fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Mask policy: What is an enclosed single-user space?

A frequently asked question of the U of A’s mandatory mask policy on our campuses is what constitutes an “enclosed single-user space” (e.g., office, cubicle, study room). Guidance about workspace cubicles and barriers is available from U of A Health, Safety and Environment experts in a new workplace protocol FAQ.

General inquiries: U of A Public Health Response Team, phrtinfo@ualberta.ca 

COVID-19 Rapid Response support for on-campus supervisors, instructors and activity coordinators: U of A Rapid Response Triage Team, phrt.triage@ualberta.ca