November 26, 2020
New restrictions to combat rising number of cases of COVID-19
Message from the Occupational Health and Safety Team
Further to the message from Camosun College President, Sherri Bell, this is an update on how the college is responding to the new public health orders that were issued on Nov. 19, 2020. The orders were put in place to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Camosun continues to closely follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, the B.C. Government and WorkSafeBC in response to COVID-19 and ensure the community remains safe during the pandemic. The orders are in place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 7, 2020. Although these orders do not significantly affect campus activities, the implications are addressed below.
Educational activities that support student learning and development will continue as they are exempt from the suspension of events and gatherings.
Active health checks are now mandatory. The college has added an on-campus attendance and daily health check form to Safe Start Camosun. Employees must have approval from their dean or director before attending campus. Once approved, all employees must complete the attendance form and daily health check prior to coming on campus.
The revised on-campus employee attendance form is here.
The college encourages employees to continue to work remotely wherever possible.
Visitors coming on campus are required to check in with Facilities Services.
Masks are now required
Under the mask mandate order, masks are required for everyone in many public indoor settings including common areas of post-secondary institutions. Currently, this includes sports or fitness facilities when not working out and libraries. Masks are not required when seated at a desk in a class where individuals can maintain physical distancing. Once a person stands up to move away from that desk, the mask must be worn. A face shield is not considered a substitute for a mask as it has an opening below the mouth.
The mask requirement does not apply to people unable to wear a mask or put on or remove a mask on their own.
Avoid non-essential travel
The public health orders ask everyone to avoid non-essential travel. For now, avoid travel to other regions inside or outside of the province unless it is essential.
Essential travel within B.C. includes regular travel for work within your region as well as travel for things like medical appointments and hospital visit. Essential travel includes travel for post-secondary education purposes such as classes.
If you must travel for essential reasons, wash your hands often and practice physical distancing. Respect the communities you're travelling to by staying within your household bubble and sticking to the outdoors as much as possible.
These orders are in addition to the restrictions already in place for international travel.
All services and support for students and employees remain available. The majority of on-campus services and supports including the library and fitness centre at Lansdowne are not affected by the new public health orders.
The college will continue to monitor the evolving public health orders. It is expected that the Provincial Health Officer will continue to provide additional clarification. We sincerely appreciate your continued patience as we all adjust to the changing situation.
If you have any questions about the daily health check please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Safety Plan
The most current copy of the college’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel & Tourism Canada
- COVID-19 Stigma Guide
- Ministry of Health BC COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool
- How COVID-19 is affecting IRCC
- For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc):