Humber reviewing COVID-19 protocols as province eases restrictions

Feb 23, 2022 | Headlines, News

As the province eases restrictions, Humber College is reviewing COVID-19 protocols to see how they will affect staff and students, Humber News was told Wednesday.

“We’re still reviewing the recent government announcements and how that’s going to impact Humber, and once we’ve made a decision we will communicate any updates to the Humber community,” said Andrew Leopold, Director of Marketing and Communications at Humber.

Leopold said he hopes to provide more updates sometime this week or next week.

For now, Humber will continue to follow its original restrictions like showing proof of double vaccination, that masks must be worn inside buildings and in any outdoor court yards, and that people should stay six-feet away from one another.

Starting on March 1 the Ford government will be relaxing many COVID-19 protocols, but universities and colleges around Ontario are not easing up just yet.

Premier Doug Ford made an announcement on Feb. 14 that Ontario will be removing COVID-19 vaccine passports and will move towards allowing 100 per cent capacity at any indoor or outdoor facilities.

As of now, some schools in Ontario have limited capacity to ensure all students attending an on-campus class safe.

The University of Guelph said in a release that it as well will be continuing to follow all their COVID-19 restrictions until the end of the winter semester, they will also review other policies that the Ontario government released and will provide more information in the coming weeks.

As for other schools such as Western University located in London, Ont., it will also continue this semester to require proof of two vaccinations.

“Our vaccination policy remains in effect for the current term,” Roxanne Beaubien, Associate Director, Stakeholder Relations at Western University, told Humber News in an email on Wednesday.

“We will continue to work with the Middlesex-London Health Unit and our internal workplace health and wellness physicians and medical leads to inform our subsequent approach, including a planned review of our policy no later than September 1, 2022.”