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Fall 2021 — COVID-19 information

Updated Nov. 10, 2021

Mount Allison has implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and is increasing health and safety measures on campus for the fall term in response to developments in the COVID-19 pandemic provincially and worldwide.

For provincial updates, visit the Government of New Brunswick COVID-19 website.

Circuit breaker restrictions in Sackville ending Friday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

The Province of New Brunswick has announced that restrictions in some parts of Zone 1 (Moncton and surrounding area), including in Sackville, will be lifted as of 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12. The circuit breaker measures will continue to be in place in Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe.

For more details:

Rapid-testing program

Free rapid COVID-19 test kits are now available to the public provincewide. Find a list of current locations (GNB).

To date, 96 per cent of students, faculty, and staff who come to campus are fully vaccinated and currently we have no new COVID cases to report in our community. This high level of vaccination in combination with our other measures such as mask wearing, hand hygiene, and physical distancing are our best protection against having COVID-19 impact our campus community.


Even if fully vaccinated, if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, stay home and get tested. Testing in the Province is continues to be busy. Contact 811 for health-related questions.

As per GNB’s testing and tracing information, if you are fully vaccinated and have not been advised by Public Health to isolate, you aren’t required to self-isolate while waiting for your test results. If you are no longer experiencing symptoms, you can return to campus while waiting for your results — exercising extra caution in public spaces, wearing a mask, distancing, and washing/sanitizing your hands regularly.

For more detailed information, see monitor your health and be prepared.

Questions?

Questions about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and information can be directed as follows:

Messages left by voicemail or e-mail will be regularly monitored and answered by the appropriate Mount Allison staff member in as timely a manner as possible.

Health-related questions should be directed to Tele-Care by calling 811.


Vaccinations

The Guardian offers Moderna vaccines each week for those seeking a second dose of this vaccine. Call (506) 536-2255, visit thecornerdrugstore.ca, or drop into the Guardian to arrange an appointment.

Find out more about getting vaccinated in New Brunswick. For other regions, visit the Government of Canada's How to get vaccinated near you.

Mandatory vaccinations

Mount Allison's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty, and staff required proof of full vaccination be provided by Oct. 1. We are pleased to report that the majority of our University community has already been full vaccinated.

Full details on mandatory vaccinations

Mount Allison has implemented mandatory vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff.

  • All students, faculty, and staff should be fully vaccinated as soon as possible, and at the latest by Oct. 1, 2021.
  • Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine. Approved COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.
  • All students, faculty, and staff will be asked to submit proof of full vaccination by Oct. 1. A secure submission process that safeguards individuals' personal information will be developed and communicated by mid-September.

If you are not currently vaccinated, or have had your first dose only

  • Those individuals coming to campus who have not yet had an initial vaccine or who are not yet fully vaccinated are advised to take advantage of opportunities to get vaccinated in their home communities before coming to campus, if possible.
  • For those who are unable to get fully vaccinated prior to arrival in Sackville, the University is collaborating with the Guardian Pharmacy in Sackville to provide ongoing vaccination clinics to support this important effort. Pfizer and Moderna clinic dates will be communicated as soon as clinic dates are available.
  • Individuals who are already in Sackville and who do not have their first dose can do so through the Guardian Pharmacy or another vaccination location in New Brunswick. See more information on how to get vaccinated below.

If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination by Oct. 1

Individuals who are unable to get vaccinated, choose not to be vaccinated, or who do not provide proof of full vaccination by Oct. 1 will be required, until further notice, to: 

  • participate in regular testing for COVID-19 — two tests per week for the duration of the fall term
  • continue to wear masks on campus 

Testing will be completed using the GNB Rapid Test. This test can be administered in a number of different ways and the approach will depend on the number of individuals who need to access this testing. Further details on testing, including the process regarding test results, will be communicated before Oct. 1. Regular testing will begin following the Oct. 1 deadline.

Those who do not provide proof of vaccination will not be prevented from pursuing work or study at Mount Allison. 

  • Students may continue to work or study on campus, but will be subject to increased health and safety regulations that include mask-wearing and regular testing provided by the University.
  • No Mount Allison employee’s job will be at risk as a result of their vaccination status. 

It is important to monitor your health, even if you are fully vaccinated:

  • stay home when you're feeling sick
  • get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Why is COVID-19 vaccination required at Mount Allison?

Mount Allison has implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and is increasing health and safety measures on campus for the fall term in response to developments in the COVID-19 pandemic provincially and worldwide, including:  

  • the continued evolution of the COVID-19 situation in New Brunswick, Canada, and worldwide
  • the persistent impact of infectious COVID-19 variants
  • continued uncertainty about how the COVID-19 virus may result in additional waves of infection

Members of our community recently answered important questions about how vaccines work, why the second dose is important, and more:

 

Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff

Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be subject to regular testing for COVID-19. Emails will be sent directly to those who have indicated that they are not fully vaccinated advising them of testing procedures and relevant details.

  • Students will receive an email from Directory of Accessibility and Student Wellness Matt Maston
  • Faculty and staff will receive an email from Director of Human Resources Katherine DeVere-Pettigrew

Testing will involve two tests per week, three days apart, and will continue until proof of vaccination if provided or until the testing mandate is ended.

Once vaccinated — after Oct. 1

To provide proof of vaccination, you can make an appointment:

Proof of Vaccination when accessing services and events

The Province of New Brunswick now requires people to show proof of vaccination when accessing certain services and events.

At Mount Allison this means that people will be required to show proof of vaccines when:

  • Using facilities in the Athletic Centre; including the pool, gym and weight room
  • Accessing the McCain fitness centre
  • Using the Pond when it is open for services
  • Participating in indoor intramurals and varsity athletics
  • Attending President’s Speaker Series events and drama and music performances (other than those related to a course)
  • Visiting the Owens Art Gallery
  • Attending workshops and services at the Chapel 

Find more information on GNB’s Proof of Vaccination.


Monitor your health and be prepared

It is important to monitor your health, even if you are fully vaccinated:

  • stay home when you're feeling sick
  • get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
How to be prepared

Due to COVID-19, we suggest you have the following supplies with you in residence or your apartment:

  • Thermometer
  • Medication recommended for reducing a fever (check with the pharmacist)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Kleenex or tissues
  • Lots of fluids — non-alcoholic beverages like water, juice, tea, and Gatorade are important to avoid dehydration
  • Warm blanket and pillows
  • Non-medical masks
  • First aid kit including band aids, disposable sterile gloves, tweezers, Polysporin, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Flip flops for use in showers
  • Small fan
  • Non-perishable foods such as canned soups, noodles, and rice
  • Cleaning products that are Health Canada compliant to keep surfaces in your room or apartment clean and disinfected

How do I stay healthy?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Drink lots of fluids — water, juice
  • Keep your room clean
  • Don’t leave dirty laundry lying around
  • Change your bed linens weekly
  • Clean surfaces often — desktop, bathroom sink/shower, door knobs
  • Empty your garbage often — don’t let it pile up
  • Do not gather in your room — go outside for a walk with your friends
  • Have cleaning supplies on hand — paper towel and disinfectant
If you're experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and/or waiting for a COVID test result

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, testing is available in Sackville at the Civic Centre by appointment. You can register to be tested online.

Testing in the Province is continues to be busy. Contact 811 for health-related questions.

As per GNB’s testing and tracing information, if you are fully vaccinated and have not been advised by Public Health to isolate, you aren’t required to self-isolate while waiting for your test results. If you are no longer experiencing symptoms, you can return to campus while waiting for your results — exercising extra caution in public spaces, wearing a mask, distancing, and washing/sanitizing your hands regularly.

Students, please inform your professors and coordinate accommodations for missed classes and assignments.

Residence students who are experiencing symptoms and/or are waiting for a COVID test result can have meals delivered to their residence room. If you would like to organize meal delivery, please e-mail Housing Manager Ryan Gallant at rlgallant@mta.ca or phone (506) 364-7979.

When to call 911:

  • bluish lips or face
  • moderate trouble breathing; must speak in short phrases
  • It hurts to take a deep breath
  • Cannot lie down because of trouble breathing

WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  • Residence students must isolate in their residence room and notify Housing at rlgallant@mta.ca.
  • Off-campus students should inform mmaston@mta.ca that they have tested positive.
  • Staff should inform their supervisors that they have tested positive.

If you tested positive during a rapid COVID test at Mount Allison:

  1. Stay home and avoid any contact with others
  2. If you receive a presumptive positive test result, you do not need to contact Public Health, but must isolate and book a PCR test with GNB.

For more information, see the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing fact sheet (GNB).

    Questions? Call (506) 364-2544.

    If you've potentially been exposed at a public exposure site

    If you've been at a public exposure site, follow the guidelines of the Government of New Brunswick (pdf).

    For more details:

    If you are directed to self-isolate by Public Health

    While awaiting test results, follow any direction you have been provided regarding isolating.

    For more information on when and how to isolate, visit the GNB website.

    IF YOU ARE DIRECTED TO SELF-ISOLATE

    Self-isolation on campus

    Students directed by Public Health to self-isolate and identified to the University will be notified of housing arrangements. Students may be moved to Bermuda House, which has been set aside for isolation purposes.

    In the event a student tests positive for COVID-19, the University will, with the student’s knowledge, contact the student’s designated “emergency contact.”

    University staff will provide regular monitoring of students who are required to self-isolate in residence. Arrangements will likewise be made for students on the University meal plan to have their meals delivered to their residence room.

    1. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR ROOM
      Please stay in your room at all times with the exception of a fire alarm. In the event of a fire alarm, please put on the supplied mask and gloves and exit the building from the closest designated exit. When outside, stand in an area that creates at least a six foot (two metre) distance between you and any other person. Once the fire alarm has been cleared and students can re-enter the building, please wait until all other students have entered before returning to your room.
    2. MEDICAL EMERGENCY
      In the event of an emergency, such as difficulty breathing, please contact 911 and then, if possible, Campus Security at 364-2228.
    3. HEALTH ADVICE
      For non-emergency questions about your health, e-mail health@mta.ca or take the Government of New Brunswick’s online assessment at gnb.ca/coronavirus. If you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact Tele-Health NB at 811. Please be sure to disclose to them that you are currently in isolation.
    4. RESIDENCE SUPPORT
      The MtA Residence Life team will continue to help you in any way they can while you are in isolation. You can contact a Don in your building by calling or e-mailing them. Although the Don will not be able to enter your room to speak to you in person, they can assist you with questions, noise concerns, referrals, or other residence issues you would like to discuss.
    5. ACADEMIC SUPPORT
      Please contact the Meighen Centre at accessibility@mta.ca to assist you with all of your academic questions or concerns.
    6. MEALS
      You will be delivered a meal three times a day. Meals will be provided in takeout containers that will not need to be returned/collected or washed. Meals will be placed outside your room at approximately 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Staff will knock on your door and announce that they have delivered the meal. Shortly after, we ask that you open your door just enough to retrieve the meal and take it inside your room. Food deliveries will only be left outside your door for a maximum of one hour for food safety reasons and then it will be removed and discarded. Please use your mini fridge to keep any leftovers at a safe temperature. Daily menus are posted on twitter, please reference it to make your selection. Send your menu selection(s) for each meal to dining@mta.ca by 6 p.m. for the following day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be delivered to your room, late night delivery is not available. Indicate your name, residence, room #, and if you have a dietary or allergy restrictions. If there are any concerns with your meals, please e-mail dining@mta.ca
    7. GARBAGE
      Garbage bags have been supplied. Please place all food or other garbage in the bags provided. When your garbage is ready for pick up, place it outside your door. Custodians will come by daily.
    8. CARD ACCESS
      Card access has been provided. Please take your ID card with you in the event of a fire alarm.
    9. ALCOHOL/DRUGS
      Please refrain from consuming any alcohol/drugs or other intoxicants while in isolation.
    10. CLEANING
      You have been provided with some cleaning supplies. Please use these to keep your washroom clean and comfortable during your stay. Using the paper towel provided, spray the cleanser on the sink, bathtub/shower, and toilet liberally, let sit for a minute and wipe clean. Please keep cleanser away from your face/eyes. Dispose of the paper towel in the garbage bags provided. Should you require more cleaning supplies, please e-mail kgeldart@mta.ca.
    11. DELIVERIES
      Please DO NOT order online or by phone as deliveries cannot be made to you.

    Self-isolation off-campus

    Students living off-campus who are required to self-isolate because of COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 exposure, or a positive test should self-isolate in their apartment or house. They should avoid interactions with others in the same apartment/house and ensure that proper cleaning of any shared washroom(s) occurs before and after use.

    Off-campus students are likewise strongly encouraged to immediately inform the Wellness Centre (health@mta.ca) to receive support for their symptom management.

    Off-campus students who contract COVID-19 will not be permitted to use Bermuda House for isolation purposes. Off-campus students can place orders for meal and grocery deliveries through local restaurants and grocery stores. The Sackville Food Bank (536-4164) is available confidentially to anyone experiencing food insecurity.

    Grocery options

    • Rose's Independent Grocer, 75 Main St., (506) 536-1349 — For pick-up or delivery, visit pcexpress.ca. Choose the delivery option from Sackville Cab when placing your order and note you are self-isolating (or have a friend who is not self-isolating pick up and deliver).
    • Sackville Foodland, 11 Wright St., (506) 536-0679 — E-mail fl9299mgr@sobeys.com with your specific order. Include your name, contact number, and location. You will be called about payment information — Visa or Mastercard only. You will be asked about delivery options when called — Squires Courtesy Cab will deliver or you can ask a friend who is not self-isolating to pick your order up.

    Restaurants that deliver

    • Goya's (Pizza): 506-536-5000
    • Jack's (Pizza): 506-536-8000
    • Snack Shop (Pizza): 506-536-0200
    • Joey's (Pizza, Pasta, Bar & Grill): 506-536-4040
    • Cackling Goose (Gluten-free bakery and café): 506-536-2303
    • Song's (Korean food and sushi): 506-536-1450

    Pharmacy

    • Corner Drug Store — 106 Main St. (506) 536-2255
    • Jean Coutu — 97 Main St. (506) 536-0230

    Taxis

    • Sackville Cab Company (506) 364-8000
    • Squires Courtesy Cab (506) 536-3118
    • Irvin’s Mobility (wheelchair taxi) (506) 536-3463

    Convenience

    • East Main Esso — 222A Main St. (506) 364-8994
    • Irving / Circle K — 211 Main St. (506) 364-4383
    • Middle Sackville Variety — 328 Main St. (506) 536-3013
    • Tantramar Gas Bar — 4 Cattail Ridge (506) 364-9013


    Health and safety protocols on campus

    Mount Allison has increased health and safety measures on campus for the fall term in response to developments in the COVID-19 pandemic provincially and worldwide.

    Mask-wearing

    Updated Oct. 4

    Until further notice masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus (exceptions listed below) for all community members, regardless of vaccination status.

    BUILDINGS AND CLASSROOMS

    Masks are required:

    • Inside buildings on campus (subject to exceptions below). Individuals are reminded to secure their masks before entering buildings and to leave them on until they have fully exited the building.
    • For students and faculty in scheduled, in-person classes
    • Larger, in-person events on campus, such as music ensembles, performances, and speakers  
    • In-person faculty and staff meetings; virtual attendance will also be accommodated
    • Entering/exiting Jennings Dining Hall or when moving to a food station to pick up food
    • When moving throughout common areas and office spaces
    • When working or meeting in a small group
    • In the R. P. Bell and Music libraries (For more information on library services visit the Libraries and Archives website.)

    Consult with your supervisor if you have questions about mask-wearing due to the nature of your work on campus.

    Masks are not required in the following circumstances:

    • When working alone
    • Outdoor spaces
    • When eating in Jennings Dining Hall or at other on-campus food service locations
    • In the Fitness Centre/Athletic Centre while working out or playing a sport, but should be worn when entering and exiting the facility

    RESIDENCES

    Masks are required everywhere in residence with the exception of residence rooms.

    Masks are required:

    • When entering/leaving residence and when moving around the residence building
    • In all residence common areas (i.e. hallways, lounges, laundry rooms, kitchens, common bathrooms, etc.)
    • When moving into residence (both students and family members)
    • During organized residence programs and events in lounges  
    • In house/floor meetings
    • At large outdoor residence events, where distancing is a challenge

    Masks are not required:

    • In your own residence room
    • When visiting friends in other residence rooms

    Masks are encouraged, but not required:

    • At small outdoor events, when spacing is possible
    • At any other time than those already listed, when an individual feels it is in their best interest and in the interest of others around them to do so
    Physical distancing and campus signage

    Physical distancing requirements are:

    • Set at 1-metre for scheduled, in-person classes, labs, and studio spaces
    • Regular distancing for the Fitness Centre, Athletic Centre, and across campus

    All directional signage, including specific entrances and exits, is no longer required.

    However, please keep in mind that it’s important to continue to give people space when moving throughout campus.

    Cleaning and sanitizing

    For the fall term, in addition to routine custodial cleaning, the University has implemented an enhanced cleaning frequency to clean and disinfect common areas and commonly touched surfaces in buildings.

    Touchpoints such as entrance handles, handrails, elevator buttons, tables, restroom stall handles/doors are being cleaned at least twice daily using disinfectants approved by Health Canada.

    Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at building entrances. Although hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, maintaining frequent and proper hand-washing is considered to be more effective.

    Departments may request cleaning supplies (campusservices@mta.ca) in order to supplement the cleaning of commonly touched surfaces such as lab benches, lab equipment, desks, phones, remote controls, printers, fax machines, or computer keyboards and mice. Always use cleaning products as recommended on manufacturer labels.

    If a COVID-19 case was confirmed within a building, the University would arrange for prompt cleaning and disinfection by special cleaning crews as needed. Assigned personnel are trained to follow the cleaning and disinfection standards established by Public Health.

     Ventilation and air quality

    Mount Allison has assessed the ventilation in its campus spaces with respect to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Spaces used for in-person activity have been modified to upgrade air quality standards. Facilities Management consulted external experts and referenced standards based on guidelines published by the leading HVAC authority, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

    Numerous improvements have been made to ventilation and air quality in buildings around campus.

    These include:

    • Upgraded air filtration systems
    • Ventilation systems programmed to increase the level of fresh air intake/purge
    • Enhanced maintenance and inspection of ventilation systems
    • Local air filtration devices equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters installed where required

    The University will continue to monitor all ventilation systems and make adjustments as required.

    Spaces with mechanical ventilation systems

    Last summer the University upgraded filtration systems by replacing MERV-8 filters with the higher-rated MERV-13 filters. A higher MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, indicates a filter’s ability to capture a higher percentage of smaller particles from the air.

    Ventilation systems have been programmed to increase the level of fresh air intake and to have a two-hour fresh air purge every morning and evening. We will also undertake regular maintenance and inspections to ensure the air distributed into indoor spaces is clean, fresh and flowing properly.

    Non-mechanically ventilated spaces

    Most other spaces on campus are expected to be able to achieve the ventilation standard with minor adjustments to existing ventilation systems.

    In some cases, in particular those shared spaces without local air filtration devices, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters have been installed. The University has chosen air purifiers that are highly rated to ensure that they do not interfere with other classroom equipment and teaching.

    Offices

    In the case of offices, used by one person or a small group of people, there is a greater element of control. These have been assessed as not requiring separate local air filtration devices.

    For visitors

    Visitors include: parents/family members, athletes from other universities competing against Mount Allison teams, contractors, researchers, guest speakers, and Sackville and area residents using University facilities such as the Library and Fitness Centre.

    The Province of New Brunswick now requires people to show proof of vaccination when accessing certain services and events. See proof of vaccination for more information.

    Visitors should also be aware of the health and safety policies and practices in place on campus, including:

    • wearing masks indoors (see mask-wearing for exceptions)
    • washing/sanitizing hands frequently
    • respecting 1m-physical distancing across campus

          Travel

          Effective Sept. 22, every person entering New Brunswick must pre-register online. This includes New Brunswickers re-entering the province.

          If you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 14 days or until you receive a negative COVID-19 result. For the latest information, visit Government of New Brunswick — Travel information.

          Details on NB travel registration
          • If you are fully vaccinated, no self-isolation will be required. Vaccinated individuals will register one time and will be able to apply for a multi-use pass later this fall. Once your request is successfully processed, you will receive an email with the heading “Temporary Multi-Use Pass or Order to Self-Isolate”. In the meantime, this approval email will serve as your multi use pass.
          • If you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 14 days or until you receive a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken on Day 10 or later. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to register for each trip into the province. Individuals who cannot receive a vaccine because of a medical exemption will be required to provide proof of such exemption.
          Details on restrictions for NS-NB Border

          Updated Aug. 24, 2021

          As of Aug. 25, Nova Scotia's border policy will apply to people coming from New Brunswick due to a rise of COVID-19 activity.

          • People who are fully-vaccinated (two doses of 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine) will not be subject to these restrictions.
             
          • People who are partially-vaccinated (first dose of a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 7 days and receive 2 negative tests results in order to leave self-isolation after 7 days.
             
          • People who are not vaccinated (0 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days; testing is recommended at the start and end of your self-isolation.

          For more details: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/

          For frequent travellers

          Workers and students who frequently cross the border with New Brunswick and people who need to make quick trips will not have to self-isolate as long as they follow the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick travel protocol.

          As per section 3.0 of the NS-NB Travel Protocol:
           
          All travelers who are not fully vaccinated must meet the following conditions, whether they are going to New Brunswick or coming into Nova Scotia:

          • drive directly to and from the destination (such as a workplace or school)
          • only use contactless services (i.e. gas and drive-thrus for food/banking)
          • if staying overnight is necessary, they must isolate in their overnight accommodation
          • wear a non-medical mask in any indoor public space other than their overnight accommodation
          • have no close contact with anyone, except as required by the nature of their work or studies

          When they return to Nova Scotia, travelers who were not fully vaccinated need to:

          • minimize close contact with other people for 14 days (or the entire time if they are in Nova Scotia for less than 14 days)
          • book up to three COVID-19 tests when they return - see section 3.1
          • wear a non-medical mask in any indoor public space or when they are around other people in a private place outside of their home/accommodation
          • avoid non-essential visits outside their home/accommodation
          • avoid large gatherings
          • monitor their health closely and if they start to feel sick, self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test or call 811 if they can’t book the test online.

          International travel

          Effective Sept. 7, travelers who qualify for the fully-vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel.
           
          For full details, see the Canada Border Services Agency travel advisory


          Community commitment

          The MtA Sackville Bubble has always represented a space where students and the entire community can feel a shared inspiration and connection — enveloped by the belief that we are all in this together.

          Last year, the Mount Allison and Sackville communities pulled together successfully to ‘Protect the Bubble.’ This was successful based on a shared commitment from students, faculty, staff, and community members. We live, work, and study alongside each other and our actions and decisions have a direct effect on each other.

          Make the commitment

          Make the commitment to do your part to protect and respect everyone in the MtA Sackville Bubble:
           
          1 — Commit to respecting other’s feelings, giving them space, and being kind and compassionate. Everyone will adapt to being together again on campus and in the community at their own pace.

          2 — Commit to doing your part to keep our community healthy and safe. Get fully vaccinated, adhere to applicable health and safety regulations, respect physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask as may be required.

          3 — Commit to remaining vigilant and protecting yourself and others. If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home, and get tested. If you need health advice, call 811 or complete the online self-assessment at gnb.ca/coronavirus. If you have been at a potential public exposure site, book a test and self monitor for symptoms. 

          4 — Commit to staying informed on the latest COVID-19 health, safety, and travel regulations. Keep up-to-date on health, safety, and travel regulations at the University, in Sackville, and in the Province of New Brunswick.


          Understanding the risks

          Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, the University cannot guarantee that any individual attending the University’s campus, using the University’s facilities, or participating in any activities organized by the University (whether on-campus or off-campus), will not contract COVID-19.

          Staff, students, and those participating in University activities should understand that they participate voluntarily and knowingly during the COVID-19 pandemic. University activities may present a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.

          Contracting COVID-19 could result in changes to the delivery of university services, extended quarantine, serious medical intervention, and other potential complications, including ones not currently known at this time.

          The University is committed to supporting staff and students as much as possible during these challenging times by putting in place many different measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our community.