New COVID-19 Restrictions

Updated April 28, 2021

The Province has announced a period of lockdown for all of Nova Scotia that take effect on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 8 a.m.

Students should not come to campus at this time unless for a special service appointment (e.g. in-person appointment at the Student Health Centre). Adjustments include:

  • Common areas such as the Atrium, Patrick Power Library and study spaces are closed to all users including students.
  • Virtual access to research assistance, e-books and other services are available through the Patrick Power Library. Pick-up/drop-off services will be maintained. 
  • The Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness, The Dauphinee Centre and Huskies Stadium are closed.
  • In-person meetings and bookings on campus are not allowed.
  • The Campus Bookstore will be closed for in-person shopping and will move to online sales only.

Saint Mary’s residence and dining services remain operational, including meal and grocery delivery services. Residence staff will communicate with residents regarding any change to current protocols and expectations.

It is important that all faculty, staff and students are aware that there are penalties for breaking public health directives. Those who violate directives may be subject to disciplinary actions under the Code of Student Conduct and provincial law.

The university recognizes that these sudden changes are challenging and affect everyone in different ways. Many members of the community are managing childcare or other caregiving responsibilities, as well as changes to family, employment or other circumstances related to COVID-19 response. Saint Mary’s is a caring community and we will continue to place a high priority on the health and safety of all members. We will continue to update the resources on the Virtual University website where you can find support for students addressing travel protocols, academics and mental health. Please continue to give attention to university communications sent by email.  

We ask all members of the Saint Mary’s community to take advantage of testing, to get vaccinated as your turn comes, and especially take good care of yourselves, your families and loved ones and each other.

New Campus Mask Policy
Effective immediately, students, staff, faculty and visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside university buildings, with some exceptions (see below).  

Masks will be required while working around others in offices, boardrooms, labs and other research spaces, even if physical distancing is able to be maintained. Students will be required to wear a mask while seated in a classroom during the Spring/Summer terms.

Exceptions to mask use on campus:

  • Faculty members do not need to wear a mask when teaching as long as they maintain physical distance requirements (at least 6 feet from another person)
  • Masks may be removed if working alone in a private office – they must be put on if another person is entering the office
  • Masks may be briefly removed while eating (if seated and with appropriate physical distancing protocols respected) in one of the authorized areas on campus (e.g., Dockside Dining Hall, Tim Horton’s Seating Area)
  • Masks are not required while residents are in their own room – they must be put on if staff or contractors have to enter their room or apartment
  • Other individual exceptions authorized through recognized accommodation processes  

These changes will be in place until further notice. All staff and faculty working on campus are reminded to use the campus check-in/out every day.

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