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Keeping ourselves and our communities safe

November 26, 2020 – Don Bureaux

Today marks the first full day of new restrictions in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) introduced earlier this week by the provincial government to control the spread of Covid-19 in our province. These restrictions will remain in place for two weeks until midnight, December 9 with the possibility of extension.

As noted in my message to you on Tuesday, travel in and out of HRM for the purposes of working and learning is deemed essential and can continue. Likewise, new limits on gatherings do not apply to learning spaces such as labs and classrooms.

New requirements for mask-wearing

Our collective safety is our top priority. As new case numbers continue to climb, we all need to do our part to turn the tide of Covid-19 infections. With that in mind, NSCC is introducing new requirements for mask-wearing (links to Connect) effective Monday, November 30.

  • Masks must be worn in all NSCC settings even when physical distancing is possible. Canada’s Chief Public Officer of Health recommends 3-ply masks wherever possible.
  • Some exceptions will be made, with advice from our Office of Health, Safety and Environment.

As always, if you are feeling ill, do not come to an NSCC site or participate in any in-person learning or work. Public Health – Nova Scotia publishes a list of possible exposure sites. Please check this list every day. If there is a possibility you’ve been exposed, please follow public health advice before coming to learn or work with us or our partners in person.

NSCC will follow the direction of Public Health if a member of our community tests positive for Covid-19 with contact tracing being led by the province. We’ve created a summary of what you can expect if a reported case of Covid-19 is connected to NSCC: Contact tracing on campus (PDF 100 KB).

With the close of the fall term fast approaching, we have a number of Academic updates to share regarding work placements, absences, grading and more. Please stay-tuned for an update from Anna Burke our Vice President, Academic on these important matters.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued cooperation in keeping each other and our communities safe.

With gratitude,

Don Bureaux

Last updated on: January 19, 2021 08:45 AM