Updates for the U of A community, week ending June 25

25 June 2021

Posted: June 25, 4:10 p.m.

City of Edmonton Mask Changes

Today, the City of Edmonton announced that they would be lifting the mandatory mask bylaw as of July 1 — as a result, to maintain the safety of our community, effective July 1 masks will be strongly encouraged on U of A campuses for the duration of the summer, with requirements to wear them being extended to certain spaces, such as labs. Based on a supporting directive from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, masks will still be required on the city’s transit system and in vehicle-for-hire services, such as taxis or Uber.

The Vision for Fall 2021

Yesterday (June 24), the university shared our vision for Fall 2021. Fall 2021 will be unlike any fall that’s come before; post-pandemic experiences will be different. Some members of our community will be ready for this, others will need support to adjust. With all this in mind, the U of A’s COVID-19 response groups have laid the foundations to help us all safely transition to the next academic year. Take a look at the vision for Fall 2021 by visiting The Quad.

Travel Updates

Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel. Fully vaccinated travellers must also be asymptomatic, have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada.

Despite this change, the university’s current travel directive related to university business remains in place.

Stage 3 Research Updates — Coming Next Week

Early next week, Primary Investigators will receive updated direction and guidance regarding on-campus research. The update will provide details about a summer research ramp-up, how to prepare, and what to expect.

Vaccinations — Quick, Safe, and Easy to Book

Vaccination bookings for both first and second doses can now be made in Alberta. The booking schedule for second doses is based on the timing of your first dose:

First Dose Received

Second Dose Bookings Start

Before May 30

Available to schedule now


Available to book 4 weeks after your first dose

People who are profoundly immunocompromised and meet the eligibility criteria can book their second doses earlier.

Second doses boost our immunity and provide the greatest protection against COVID-19 and the identified variants. While first doses are a step towards limiting the impacts of COVID-19, the second dose is needed to experience the full benefits of available vaccines.

Learn more about getting vaccinated on North Campus here.

(Includes information about vaccines available through the University Health Centre and the UHC Pharmacy.)

For information about off-campus vaccination bookings, visit the Alberta Health Services website.

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.