COVID-19 Information Centre

Loyalist College will lift its COVID-19 vaccination policy and masking requirements as of May 1, 2022.

This page is the primary resource for everyone at Loyalist College for information about our response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We will continue to follow the advice of our public health authorities and the Government of Ontario as the situation evolves. Please check back to this page often for updates.

Click here for the latest College communique. Click here for Spring 2022 Program Delivery.

Updated: May 2, 2022


The following updates to safety protocols on campus are in effect as of May 2, 2022.

Please note that these decisions are subject to change depending on the evolving pandemic situation and public health advice.

  • As there is no longer a mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination policy, proof will no longer be required to enter campus.
  • Face masks will no longer be required however, individuals may still choose to wear one if they’d like. The type of mask is up to the individual. Loyalist will continue to provide masks to those who wish, while supplies last.
  • You will not be required to complete the screening assessment on the PPA app anymore, however, students and employees are reminded to stay home if feeling unwell.
  • The Health Centre will continue to offer antigen rapid tests, and booster shots to students and employees.
  • Should an employee/student have or suspect COVID-19, isolation requirements will be followed as per the current Public Health guidelines.
  • COVID-19 reporting will cease.
  • Physical distancing is no longer required but individuals can choose to maintain their distance for their own comfort level.
  • There will no longer be a requirement to provide a safety plan for special events/activities.
  • There will be no further restrictions on visitors or notice needed for guests to enter campus.
  • There will no longer be COVID-related restrictions for eating/drinking in classrooms.

Masks and rapid test kits are available for students and staff and can be requested by contacting your Dean or manager.  

Please continue to practice good hygiene etiquette and be respectful to others as we recover from post-pandemic. Take a gentle approach and accept that we all move at different paces getting back to ‘normal.’


Key Updates


An Important Message from President Vaughan: Update to COVID-19 Vaccine and Masking Policies

March 30

Dear College community,

Over the last two years, Loyalist College has remained committed to protecting the health and well-being of both our on-campus and surrounding communities, while also ensuring that our students continued to receive the excellent academic experience for which we are known.  

While the province began relaxing a number of public health measures and restrictions last month, the College maintained its COVID-19 vaccination and mask policies in an effort to provide certainty to our students, faculty, and staff for the duration of the Winter Term 2022. We know that these policies have been instrumental to our overall strategy to help mitigate against the transmission of COVID-19.

With key public health indicators now moving in a positive direction, we will be lifting both our COVID-19 vaccination policy and masking requirements as of May 1, 2022. In doing so, we recognize that individual comfort levels around masking will vary, and if you feel more comfortable wearing your mask, please know that your personal decision will be respected.

In addition, please note that effective May 1, 2022, all entrances will once again be open and accessible to access College premises.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the evolution of the virus has been challenging to predict, and this decision is contingent on current public health conditions. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update our policies as required.

It has been a true pleasure to reconnect with all of you in person over the course of the last few weeks, and I am so looking forward to more engagement with students and employees this spring!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


Message from President Vaughan: Loyalist College COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Remaining in Place Until At Least April 30, 2022

March 4

Dear Loyalist College community,

As you are aware, Ontario has begun easing Public Health measures in response to positive trends in key health system indicators. In alignment with other colleges across the province, and endorsed by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Loyalist College will be maintaining our current COVID-19 Vaccine Policy until at least April 30, 2022. This decision has been made in an effort to provide certainty to students, faculty, and staff, and with the recognition that COVID-19 vaccines remain a key defense in the ongoing management of COVID-19.

In addition, I would like to remind everyone that the following on-campus protocols remain in place to protect the health and safety of our on campus and surrounding communities.

  • All individuals accessing campus must pre-screen for COVID-19 symptoms via the PPA app and should stay home if experiencing any symptoms.
  • Upon accessing campus, security will continue checking proof of vaccination status via the PPA app.
  • Everyone on campus is required to wear a three-ply ASTM Level 3 mask (also known as a surgical mask), which will be supplied by the College and enforced by security.

We hope this decision reassures our Loyalist College community that your health and well-being remain paramount, especially as we embark on our full return to campus this coming Monday, March 7, 2022.

There have been several exciting events as faculty and staff transitioned back to campus over the last couple weeks, and while some employees and students never left, there are many others who have been working remotely on and off for the last two years. Over the course of the next several weeks, these events and engagement opportunities will continue as we reinvigorate our vibrant on campus College community.

It has been truly wonderful to safely reconnect with students, faculty, and staff in person over the last couple of weeks, and I am so looking forward to seeing more of you on campus next week!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


A Message from the President: Loyalist College Winter Term 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

February 18

Dear Loyalist College Community,

I am writing with an important update regarding the Loyalist College Winter Term 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

As you know, in response to the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, Loyalist College announced the implementation of a vaccine policy late last summer. This policy has been a vital instrument and key part of our overall strategy to help mitigate against the transmissibility of COVID-19 on College premises and to protect the safety of our community. It has also supported our gradual but progressive return to on-campus operations and in-person academic program delivery.

As the province moves to its next phase of reopening and begins to relax a number of public health measures and restrictions, you may be wondering about the status of Loyalist’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. I can confirm that, in alignment with Ontario’s other public colleges, we will be maintaining our current policy at least until April 30, 2022, which marks the end of the Winter Term. This decision was undertaken in an effort to provide certainty to students, staff, and faculty.

I hope that this decision reassures you that your health, safety, and well-being remain top of mind, especially as we embark on our full return to campus next week. I look forward to seeing you then, and in the meantime, wish you a wonderful long weekend and Family Day!

Sincerely,

Ann Marie

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan 
President and CEO  
Loyalist College 


A Message from Sean Monteith, Senior Vice-President Academic: 

Greetings to all Loyalist College Students,

I hope this January Monday morning message finds you well, optimistic, and most importantly healthy.

As President Vaughan wrote in her communication to our Loyalist College community last week, we are extremely grateful for your patience and resiliency as we continue to live through this incredibly challenging time. I send this message to you, not only as your Senior Vice-President Academic, but more importantly as the father of a son who is also currently navigating his way through college – just like you. I say this as the decisions we make, and how they impact you, matter to us deeply. We approach them with careful and thorough consideration.

While the last two years have tested each one of us in ways which we have never had to face before, there is cause for hope and optimism ahead. As key public health indicators are now showing signs of improvement, I am pleased to reaffirm that Loyalist College will resume all in-person and on-campus academic program delivery and services, effective Monday, March 7, 2022. In addition, we will be increasing our on-campus and in-person services as early as Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Please note that Reading Week is the week before we return, February 28 – March 4.

All programs will continue in their current delivery modalities, either remotely or what we call “flexible-hybrid” (meaning a combination of in-person and virtual), until March 7, 2022. There are a small number of programs which will stay remote for the remainder of the semester for planning and predictability purposes – if you are in one of these programs, you will have already received communication directly regarding this.

To those students who have already been attending their courses and programs in-person and on campus due to the nature of their studies, these programs will continue through the semester with your existing program delivery mode. Program areas such as: Skilled Trades, Health and Para-Health, Culinary, and Justice Studies which require in-person attendance will continue. As will labs that students have already been attending in-person since beginning of the Winter Term.

If you have program-specific questions, please refer to our Winter 2022 Program Delivery page or contact your Program Coordinator. In addition, it is critical that you closely monitor your Loyalist College student emails for updates and information requiring your attention. There will be important information forthcoming from your instructors and professors as well as updates from myself and/or President Vaughan.

Please rest assured that our Student Success services staff remain accessible and available to support you by contacting StudentSuccess@loyalistcollege.com. For students who are already on campus, these services are available to you now. In addition, Student Success mentors and counsellors will be available on-campus and in-person as of Monday, March 7, 2022. These services will also continue remotely for those students who prefer this mode of support.

It is important to note that regardless of where you are or what program you are in, Loyalist College faculty and staff remain singularly focused on supporting you through your postsecondary journey and ensuring you are successful in achieving your dreams and aspirations, whatever they may be.

Wishing you all the greatest of success this semester! I am looking forward to seeing all of you soon, and welcome you to please come say hello when you are on campus!

Best wishes,

Sean Monteith
Senior Vice-President, Academic


A Message from the President

Date: January 28, 2021
Subject: A Message from President Vaughan: Loyalist College Plans to Return to In-Person Instruction and On-Campus Operations

Dear Students,

I want to begin by first thanking you for your patience and remarkable resilience as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and its variants of concern. In my last message to you, I committed to providing an update on the status of academic program delivery and on-campus operations no later than January 31, 2022.

As key public health indicators now show signs of improvement, I am pleased to announce Loyalist College will resume in-person instruction, effective Monday, March 7, 2022, with increased on-campus and in-person services available as early as February 22, 2022. These plans are in keeping with the Provincial Government’s plans to gradually ease Public Health measures.

Consistent with the Province’s phased approach to lifting restrictions, our on-campus facilities and amenities, such as the gymnasium, fitness centre and dining hall will re-open this Monday, January 31, 2022.

You will be receiving an email with program-specific guidance from Senior Vice-President, Academic, Sean Monteith and program status updates will be posted on the College’s Winter 2022 Program Delivery page. If your program was already designated as remote for the entire Winter 2022 semester, it will remain that way. However, students are also strongly encouraged to monitor their Loyalist college email for additional updates regarding classes, changes to schedules and course materials. Note that if you require on-campus housing as a result of changes to your program, please contact: residence@loyalistcollege.com

As a reminder, the mandatory Winter Term 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy remains in effect and the following on-campus protocols are in place to ensure a safe learning environment:

  • All individuals must self-screen via the PPA App before coming to campus. 
  • All students and employees are now required, at a minimum, to wear 3-ply ASTM Level 3 masks (also known as surgical masks)which will be supplied by the College and enforced by Security. 
  • Face shields, in addition to 3-ply ASTM Level 3 masks, must be worn by all students enrolled in Health Science, Culinary and Esthetics programs. 
  • COVID-19 booster shots are available in the Health Centre during the week; and our regional immunization clinic will continue to operate on campus over the weekend. 

As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and respond to guidance from Public Health and the Provincial government should we need to adjust our plans.  

I am so looking forward to safely welcoming you back to campus and rejuvenating our vibrant on-campus community culture.

See you soon! 

Sincerely,  

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan 
President and CEO 
Loyalist College 

 


A Message from the President

Date: January 17, 2022
Subject: A Message from President Vaughan: Update on Winter Term 2022 Program Delivery and College Operations Plans

Dear Students,

I hope you had a good weekend and were able to participate in Orientation week!

As you know, the region and the province have been seriously impacted by COVID-19 and the variant of concern, Omicron. In response to this, we began the Winter 2022 term with a reduced on-campus presence including modifications to academic program delivery and we committed to providing an update on the status of your program’s delivery modality by January 17, 2022. It was our sincere hope that we would be able to return to in person activity by this time.

However, after careful consideration, and with the best interests of our community in mind, we have decided to extend our modified academic program delivery and will provide an update again on January 31, 2022. Given the current modelling of the virus, as provided by Public Health Canada, we believe that it is prudent to continue with our current delivery format for the next two weeks. This means that if a course is currently fully online, it will remain online until further notice. And if a course currently requires in-person instruction on campus, it will continue as scheduled.

As always, we will closely monitor the situation and respond to directives from the Provincial government and Public Health. As soon as conditions allow, we will resume all in-person instruction and on-campus activities. We know how important the in-person learning experience is to you and how much it means to connect face-to-face with your peers and instructors. It is our full intention to return to in-person classes as soon as possible.

In the meantime, for students in programs with ongoing in-person instruction, a reminder that the following measures are in place to ensure a safe learning and working environment:

  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home and do not come to campus. Advise your instructor if you have to miss an in-person class as a result so they can make accommodations for you.
  • If you, or anyone you live with has any of the following symptoms please stay home and isolate for five days:
    • Fever or chills;
    • Cough;
    • Shortness of breath;
    • Decreased or loss of taste or smell;
    • Two or more of:
      • Runny nose or nasal congestion;
      • Headache;
      • Extreme fatigue;
      • Sore throat;
      • Muscle aches or joint paint; or,
      • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e., diarrhea or vomiting).
  • Anyone intending to access campus must be fully vaccinated and comply with our mandatory Winter Term 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
  • All individuals must self-screen via the PPA App before coming to campus.
  • All students and employees are now required, at a minimum, to wear 3-ply ASTM Level 3 masks (also known as surgical masks), which will be supplied by the College and enforced by Security.
  • Face shields, in addition to 3-ply ASTM Level 3 masks, must be worn by all students enrolled in Health Science, Culinary and Esthetics programs.
  • COVID-19 booster shots are available in the Health Centre during the week; and our regional immunization clinic will continue to operate on campus over the weekend.
  • Increased ventilation across campus has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic, providing substantially more airflow than normal. A supply of HEPA filters has been ordered and once received, will be implemented in priority areas across campus.

On Campus Services and Facilities:

  • Residences are open, and the no visitor policy will continue to be strictly enforced.
  • The Student Health Centre is open as per its established hours of operations.
  • The Student Access Labs (SAL) and Loyalist College Library (The Parrott Centre) are open.
  • The Fitness Centre and gymnasium will remain closed.
  • Take-out food services remain available on campus.

Over the last 22 months, Loyalist College has made sure we are there to support your learning and to offer support to the entire community. Recently, 40 Loyalist College students worked in partnership with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health and Quinte Health Care at an on-campus immunization clinic, and over 10,000 shots were administered between December 22 and January 7. This clinic will continue on weekends throughout January. I am so proud and grateful to every student, employee and volunteer who has stepped up in support of our community during these challenging times. It is clear evidence of our core value being a caring institution that cares deeply for each other and our community.

We understand that these are challenging times, and it is difficult to plan your lives with so much uncertainty. Please know that we are here to support you, and that we have a number of wellness supports available for you. Be kind to yourself and to each other. Reach out if you are struggling and offer support to those in need.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


Campus Reminder

Date: January 13, 2022
Subject: Unsure about COVID-19 protocols? We’ve got answers.

Dear Students,

With so much information about COVID-19 going around, it’s easy to lose track of the latest news and updates (trust us, we get it). So, we wanted to take a moment to provide a refresher on the current rules and best-practices for coming on campus.

No More Cloth Masks!

All individuals must be fully masked while on campus and wear a 3-ply ear loop disposable mask (also known as a surgical mask). Cloth masks are no longer an acceptable face covering. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (see what we did there?). Appropriate masks will be supplied by the College and available on campus at the main entrance of the Kente building.

When in doubt – isolate.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you should assume that you have COVID-19, are contagious, and must isolate. We also ask that you notify the College, so that we can take any appropriate action to protect others you may have been in contact with. Remember:

  • Regardless of your vaccination status, if you, or anyone you live with, have symptoms associated with COVID-19, you must isolate for five (5) days.
  • Likewise, if anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms, you must also isolate for 5 days.
  • You can end isolation after this period only if your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours and all public health measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are followed.
  • If you, or anyone you live with, are immunocompromised, the recommendation is to isolate for 10 days.
  • If you work or live in a high-risk health care setting (including hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes or congregate living settings), you must notify your employer and isolate for 10 days from your exposure or symptom onset, or from your date of diagnosis.
  • To ensure sufficient staffing levels, workers in high-risk health care settings will have the opportunity to return to work early, on day seven of their isolation, with either a negative PCR test or two negative rapid antigen tests on day six and seven.

Vaccination Policy:

Take a look at the College’s Winter 2022 Vaccination Policy for an overview on what’s required for anyone coming to campus. Keep in mind that, at this time, Loyalist College considers anyone to be fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving two doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine.

Still confused? We can help! Visit the College’s online COVID-19 Information Centre or email marcom@loyalistcollege.com with your questions.

Stay Healthy!

Team Loyalist


A Message from the College

Date: December 13, 2021
Subject: Fourth COVID-19 case identified since September 1, 2021

Dear College Community,  

Please find below an update about a College community member who recently tested positive for COVID-19. We have already contacted all those who may have had risk of exposure. If you have not been notified, then you have not been identified as a close contact at this time.  

Loyalist College COVID-19 Update Based on HPE PH Information

 

Number of individuals connected to the College community who have tested positive since September 1, 2021.

Four

Was the individual on campus during their infectious period?

Yes

Did transmission occur on campus?

No

Has Public Health contacted those who may be high risk contacts of the individual who was on campus during their infectious period?

Yes

  • Public Health has contacted the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in contact with the College.
  • Public Health will provide a letter to all individuals who had close contact with the person who tested positive and will follow up with a phone call within 48 hours.
  • The letter and phone call from Public Health will provide additional direction to close contacts and the College to protect students and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The College will provide Public Health with contact information for individuals with whom the person was in contact while at the College.
  • The College will work with Public Health to review infection prevention and control measures to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Continue to monitor and screen yourself daily for symptoms of COVID-19. It is important that you isolate and seek testing if you develop ANY symptoms.
  • Since you have not been identified as a high-risk contact, it is not necessary to get tested at this time if you do not have symptoms.
  • PCR testing is available to students and staff upon request at the Loyalist College Student Health Centre

 

  • If you develop any symptoms of illness (even mild ones), you should isolate and seek testing for COVID-19 (students and staff can arrange testing at the Loyalist College Student Health Centre).
  • All household members who are not fully vaccinated (have received 2 doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine with the second dose 14 or more days ago) must stay at home and not go out even for essential reasons while they wait for test results.
  • Fully vaccinated household contacts of symptomatic individuals are not required to isolate, unless they develop symptoms themselves.
  • If a negative result or alternate diagnosis is received, unvaccinated household contacts with no symptoms may resume regular activities, while continuing to follow all current public health measures.

As we move into colder weather, the region is seeing additional COVID-19 cases. We are committed to keeping you informed of developments impact our College community.   

Thank you for doing your part to keep each other safe by adhering to Loyalist College’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. By working together, this policy has is helping to keep us all safe and make sure we can return to on-campus programming and service delivery as soon as possible.   

For more information, visit:   

Sincerely,    

The Loyalist College Marketing and Communications Team


Message from the President

Date: November 29, 2021
Subject: Loyalist College community member tests positive for COVID-19

Dear College Community,

Please find below an update about a College community member who has recently tested positive for COVID-19: 

Loyalist College COVID-19 Update Based on HPE PH Information

 

Number of individuals connected to the College community who have tested positive since September 1, 2021.

One

Was the individual on campus during their infectious period?

Yes

Did transmission occur on campus?

No

Has Public Health contacted those who may be high risk contacts of the individual who was on campus during their infectious period?

Yes

With the onset of cold temperatures, Ontario is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases. We are committed to keeping you informed as developments impact our College community.

Thank you for doing your part to keep each other safe by adhering to Loyalist College’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Our collective compliance to this policy has allowed us to mitigate risk and move forward with our gradual but progressive return to on-campus programming and service delivery. 

For more information, visit: 

Take Care,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan 
President and CEO  
Loyalist College


Message from Senior Vice-President Academic

Date: November 4, 2021
Subject: Updates on Winter Term 2022 Program Delivery

Dear College Community, 

I hope this finds you safe and well. 

I am pleased to provide you with an update on academic program delivery for the Winter Term 2022. This plan builds on the success of our gradual but progressive return to on-campus programming and service delivery for the Fall Term 2021. It was great to see students back on campus in September and we know how important the in-person experience is to student development and success. I personally enjoyed meeting so many of our students, hearing their stories and having the opportunity to support them in their postsecondary journeys. Looking ahead to January, I hope to experience even more of this.

As a result of your collective dedication to our College community’s health and safety, we will see students, staff and faculty returning to campus in January at levels we have not seen since before the pandemic began. The College’s careful planning and adherence to Public Health guidelines and directives this Fall Term ensured we were able to transition to more on-campus activities while protecting our on-campus and surrounding communities’ health and safety.

As of November 1, anyone accessing campus must be fully vaccinated and our Winter Term 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy will require full vaccination from the outset of the term, with no grace period for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated attendees.  With a rare exception for pedagogical reasons, all Winter 2022 programs will require on-campus attendance and include face-to-face in-person instruction. This shift marks the return to pre-pandemic program delivery and underscores the Destination College student experience. A list of programs, delivery modalities and on-campus requirements can be found here. Note that we will remain flexible and attuned to emerging health and safety issues and that we have a continuity of education plan in place should a local outbreak or emergency occur.

I hope that we will all use the months ahead to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, how we identified new and creative ways to continue on our commitment to providing an outstanding learning experience for our students, and what lessons and best practices emerged that may also be relevant in a post-pandemic era.

Thank you again for all your efforts. I am excited to partner with you on this next chapter.

Best,

Sean Monteith
Senior Vice-President Academic
Loyalist College


Message from the President

Date: October 21, 2021
Subject: What You Need to Know Before Accessing Campus as of November 1, 2021

Dear Students,  

I hope the Fall 2021 Term is going well for you!  

I want to begin by thanking you for your compliance with Loyalist College’s Fall Term 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and your commitment to keeping our Loyalist College community healthy and safe. I’m delighted to share there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus, zero positive test results in rapid testing, and we are getting close to 90% full vaccination of our on-campus Loyalist College community.   

Important changes come into effect on Monday, November 1, 2021. If you plan to come to campus – for any reason – you must follow the procedures listed below.  

Requirements for Accessing Campus – Effective November 1, 2021: 

  • You must be fully vaccinated to gain access to any Loyalist College building and will be required to show proof of your vaccination status. You will also be asked about the purpose of your visit as access is still limited to Loyalist students and staff (no visitors). 
  • Acceptable forms of proof of COVID-19 vaccination include:   
    • the Loyalist College PPA app 
    • the Ontario vaccination passport (must be accompanied by photo ID) 
    • a paper copy of your vaccination record (must be accompanied by photo ID) 
  • Access to the main Belleville campus will be restricted to the following entrances: Pioneer (northwest entrance), Digital Media Centre, Skills Centre, Link Lounge, 1L1, and the Main Entrance.  

Make sure you give yourself extra time to move through the security screening process, especially if you are heading to class and/or arriving during peak periods like 8:00AM-9:00AM.  

Lastly, a reminder that if you haven’t done so already, upload your proof of vaccination certificates via the PPA app immediately so that you are ready to access campus on Monday, November 1, 2021.  

Please stay safe and enjoy your Reading Week! 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan 
President and CEO  
Loyalist College  

For more information, please visit:  


Message from the President

Date: August 30, 2021
Subject: COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Return to Campus Update

Dear Loyalist College Community,

In just over a week, we will be welcoming you back to campus for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. We understand that everyone has experienced the COVID-19 pandemic differently and that members of our community are at various stages of returning to campus. It is our duty to always protect the health and safety of our students and employees. We take this commitment to heart because all members of our community remain our priority.  

As you know, on August 17, the College announced its plan to implement a mandatory vaccination policy; a decision advised and supported by local Public Health (please refer to Loyalist’s Fall Term 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy). The province’s direction to make vaccination policies mandatory for high-risk settings, and recommendations from the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health, align with the College’s procedures. We will alter or vary the requirements of this policy to comply with any official requirements and as necessary to continue protecting the Loyalist community.

It is my hope that this message provides you with everything you need to return to campus safely. 

Keeping Our Campus Safe

Important Dates

  • Effective Monday, August 30, 2021, the campus will move to a passive screening process and all entrances/exits will be available. All one-way signage will be removed and normal traffic flows will return.
  • By September 7, 2021, all employees and students who wish to visit campus must have received one dose of a Health Canada or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated no later than November 1, 2021. 
  • To meet the November 1, 2021 deadline, the second dose of the vaccine must be received no later than October 18, 2021. 
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to a rapid testing protocol and must produce a negative result within 72 hours prior to gaining access to campus. Rapid testing will be available on campus from September 7, 2021, to November 1, 2021, and occur on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is the responsibility of staff and students to obtain a rapid test, and to produce a negative test result, within the 72-hour window in order to be present on campus for any reason. As of November 1, 2021, access to campus will require full vaccination unless a formal exemption has been granted.

Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Proof of vaccination and attestations can be submitted through the College’s Personal Protective Application (PPA). Users must log on with their Loyalist College credentials (email address and password).
  • The Application can be downloaded via one of these links: Windows Desktop, Apple App Store, Google Play Store.
  • The PPA is to be used for your personal COVID screening every time you come to campus as well as uploading proof of vaccinations and proof of a negative COVID test. This data will be used by Public Health for the purposes of contact tracing and by Loyalist College for compliance with the policy.

Exemptions

  • Loyalist will consider, on an individual basis, requests from students and employees for exemptions on medical grounds and/or because of their creed/religion, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, and will provide accommodations to the extent required by law.
  • Requests for exemption must be submitted through the College’s Personal Protective Application (PPA). Requests must include a completed form as per below.
  • Exemption request forms may be downloaded from the myLoyalist portal:
  • Exemptions will be adjudicated by a third party and decisions will be communicated to the applicant via the Personal Protective Application (PPA). Please note that an approved exemption does not necessarily mean that you can come to campus. The College will review all approved exemptions to determine the appropriate accommodation that can be provided.

Academic Program Delivery

We are planning for a gradual but progressive return to on-campus academic program delivery. We are awaiting further guidance from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities this week and will continue to follow and respond to guidance from our local Public Health unit. We will provide an update on academic program delivery as soon as possible and no later than Friday, September 3, 2021.

On-Campus Protocols and Supports

The College’s Roadmap outlines what you can expect when returning to campus and the various measures that can be expected, including links to mental health, counselling and wellness supports. On-campus protocols include:

  • Prior to accessing campus, one must complete the self-screening process via the Loyalist College Personal Protective Application (PPA).
  • All individuals on campus will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Hand washing, sanitization and staying home when feeling ill will also be required.

On-Campus Immunization Clinic

The Loyalist College Health Centre is now accepting appointment bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations. The vaccine is provided by Public Health and will be either Pfizer or Moderna. Appointment timeslots will become available, on a weekly basis, until the end of October. Please schedule your appointment by filling out the form.

  • Location: Room 1H7, 376 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville, ON 
  • Additional Information: Please wear a mask to your appointment and bring your Health Card with you. 

On September 7, 2021 the College will be hosting an open drop-in clinic in Alumni Hall. No appointment is needed. 

Resources

On behalf of everyone at Loyalist, thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. As a deeply caring and supportive College, we are here to help you through this transition, and answer any questions you may have, so you can have a successful, rewarding and fulfilling academic year. I look forward to seeing you on campus in September.

Sincerely,
Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President & CEO
Loyalist College


Date: August 17, 2021
Subject: Loyalist College to Require Vaccinations for On-Campus Students and Employees

Dear College Community, 

Over the past week we have seen concerning developments in the spread of COVID-19, and its variants, across the province, country and around the world. Since the start of this pandemic, we have put the health and well-being of our community first and will continue to do that as part of our dedicated safe return to campus this Fall.  

While local case counts remain relatively low, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 variants. In addition, vaccination rates in the region have stagnated, especially among those in the 18 to 29-year age group. 

With the advice and support of local Public Health, Loyalist College will be implementing a vaccine policy requiring all individuals intending to be on campus to be fully vaccinated no later than November 1, 2021. 

  • By September 7, 2021, all employees and students who wish to visit campus must have received one dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated no later than November 1, 2021. 
  • The College defines fully vaccinated as having received two Health Canada approved vaccine doses and having completed the 14-day waiting period following the second dose.  
  • In order to meet the November 1, 2021 deadline, the second dose of the vaccine must be received no later than October 18, 2021. 
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to a rapid testing protocol and must produce a negative result prior to gaining access to campus.  
  • Rapid testing will be available on campus from September 7, 2021 to November 1, 2021. After November 1, 2021, access to campus will require full vaccination unless a formal exemption has been granted. 
  • Individual requests for exemption will be considered on the basis of medical grounds and/or creed/religion.  
  • There will be no changes to our previously communicated requirements for students living in Residence and Varsity athletes and coaches. 
  • At this time, visitors will not be permitted at the College unless deemed essential and with pre-approval. Further, no external events, except for those already approved, will be permitted. 
  • On-site immunization clinics will be in place at the Belleville campus as of August 30, 2021.  

This policy will not impact our current plan for a hybrid delivery model, and we know widespread vaccination is our best strategy towards a safe and rapid return to on-campus life. We take the safety of our community very seriously and this decision is in alignment with other post-secondary institutions across the province. As we know, the pandemic is very fluid and changes swiftly. Given these constantly changing factors we may need to modify and adapt these requirements closer to November 1, 2021 based on changing data and direction. Our overall objective is to return to a more normal delivery – in order to do that, we must insist on vaccinations for the health and safety of our students and employees. Further details to support this policy and its implementation will be available in the next week. 

On-campus protocols: 

  • In advance of coming to campus, individuals must complete an online attestation form verifying their vaccination status by uploading supporting documents. This information will be accessible to a very small number of critical Loyalist College employees who require it for Public Health and safety reasons. 
  • From September 7 to November 1, 2021 there will be a rapid testing protocol in place on campus for those who have not yet been fully vaccinated. 
  • All individuals on campus will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Hand washing, sanitization and staying home when feeling ill will also be required. 

We know this decision hits right at people’s core values and beliefs. Some people will fully embrace and champion this approach, and others may feel conflicted. These types of conflicts are some of the very hardest we face as humans and are the hardest we have faced in this pandemic. How we respond to that conflict with each other — whether with kindness and respect, or with judgment and accusations — will define our community and demonstrate our commitment to our shared values. We will endeavor, as a community, to nurture a caring and kind culture which enables a safe learning and work environment. 

For more information, please visit: 

Loyalist College’s COVID-19 Information Centre, including FAQs 

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health 

Ontario’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment 

I hope you are able to safely enjoy the remainder of your summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus very soon! 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan 
President and CEO 
Loyalist College


Date: July 28, 2021

Subject: A Message from President Vaughan: Loyalist College to reopen to 100% capacity in September

Good afternoon, 

When the College announced its Fall 2021 program delivery plans last month, we remained highly optimistic that we would be able to welcome students, faculty, staff and our valued community partners back to campus.  

As you know, COVID-19 cases have drastically declined throughout the country and Ontario has entered Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. We are proud to announce that the Ministry of Colleges and Universities has indicated that all in-person instruction and on-campus activities at Loyalist College may resume this September without capacity limits or physical distancing requirements. 

Program Delivery 

  • The College’s program delivery model includes a full return to pre-pandemic program delivery which includes in-person, hybrid and alternate delivery methods.   
  • As it is important that we remain flexible, each program will have a continuing education plan should a local outbreak or emergency occur. 
  • Our academic teams will be reaching out to students during the week of August 30 to confirm program details.  

As we move toward opening our shared learning spaces and work environments, we will continue to follow guidelines established by Public Health and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.  

Vaccine Expectation 

Vaccination rates remain high in our region with more than 80% of residents 12 and older having received the first dose, and more than 61% having received the second dose. As COVID-19 continues to be a real threat, we remain committed to protecting the health and well-being of our community. COVID-19 vaccines are an effective tool to protect yourself, your family, friends and colleagues from infection. While not mandatory, it is our expectation that all students and employees who plan to access our campuses in person this Fall will be fully vaccinated. 

The College defines fully vaccinated as having received two Canadian-approved vaccine doses and having completed the 14-day waiting period following the second dose. Medical exemptions upon presentation of appropriate documentation will be respected. 

In support of regional vaccination efforts, Loyalist College’s Immunization Centre is accepting walk-in appointments until Friday, August 6. Please visit the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health website for up-to-date information, including hours of operation. As of August 30, the College will be operating its own immunization clinic for staff and students through the Student Health Centre

Campus Life 

  • Masks, hand washing/sanitization and staying home when sick will be required. 
  • Full dining services will recommence. 
  • Residence will be fully functioning, and recreational programming will resume. 
  • To provide exceptional student life and sport experiences, it is required that all Varsity athletes and students in Residence be fully vaccinated. A communication about requirements will be forthcoming to these students. 

We know that the pandemic has been a different experience for everyone, and returning to campus will be met with mixed emotions. As we stated back in May, we remain committed to supporting remote work arrangements where they make sense operationally. And, we are here to support those who work on campus through this transition every step of the way. Please keep an eye on loyalistcollege.com for the Fall 2021 Roadmap, which will guide you in your return to campus, and visit our COVID-19 Information Centre for pandemic-related updates. 

I truly hope you are having a restful summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus this September. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College  


Date: June 25, 2021

Subject: A Message from President Vaughan:  Loyalist College Fall 2021 Program Delivery Plans

Dear College Community,   

Summer has finally arrived, and with it comes great change. As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across the province and Ontario moves through its Roadmap to Reopen, we anticipate more students returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, which includes both academic programming and student services.   

Loyalist College’s program delivery reflects the needs of our community and, depending on the program, the delivery method may incorporate one or more of the following:  

In-Person
Face-to-face, on-campus delivery. 
 

Remote
Courses that will be delivered 100% remotely using technology. 
 

Hybrid
A combination of the above two options, with both remote and in-person delivery.  
 

Online
Courses designed specifically to be delivered fully online and are currently offered via Distance Education. 
 

Our academic teams have been reaching out to students to let them know the details of their programs. I encourage you to please visit the College’s Fall 2021 Program Delivery web page for program-specific information and for future updates should we need to amend the scope of delivery.  

This September, Residence will be fully functioning. We are in the process of modernizing some Residence facilities with a plan to offer a hoteling option in Residence for those students in hybrid delivery programs who only need to be on campus for short-term stays. Please visit the Residence web page to apply. 

True to the College’s caring, supportive culture, the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff are always top of mind and our main priority. We have all witnessed how fluid, and often unpredictable, the pandemic can be. Rest assured that we have contingency plans in place should we need to shift our collective program delivery strategies at the direction of Public Health.  
 

For more information, visit:  

Please stay safe, and I very much look forward to connecting with everyone in person as well as online in the Fall. 

Sincerely,    

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan  
President and CEO  
Loyalist College  


DATE: June 11, 2021

SUBJECT: Ontario Moving to Step One of Gradual Reopening, What it Means for Loyalist College and Fall 2021 Delivery Plans

Dear College Community,

As COVID-19 cases are declining across the province and a steady flow of vaccinations are being administered, including at the Regional Immunization Centre on campus, we have now reached a critical mass of vaccinated Ontarians to safely and cautiously begin lifting restrictions. With this in mind, earlier this week the Ontario government announced its plans to move into Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen effective todayFriday, June 11 at 12:01 am.

What does this mean for Loyalist College?

  • Effective today, Friday, June 11, the College has lifted protocols for students and employees travelling to campus from other regions. However, we reserve the right to reinstate these protocols should there be a concerning rise in COVID-19 cases again.
  • The Bookstore will open with limited capacity, per Public Health guidelines.
  • Outdoor seating for Food Services will open with up to four people per table, per Public Health guidelines.

Fall 2021 Delivery Plans:

  • With this news, we remain optimistic that we will be able to begin welcoming students, faculty and staff back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. At this stage, Loyalist College’s plans for the Fall remain contingent on the successful rollout of vaccinations and continued reduction of Public Health measures.
  • We continue to plan for a significant increase of in-person learning on campus, with a mix of in-person, blended and remote learning options for most programs. A comprehensive Fall 2021 program delivery schedule will be made available in the coming weeks through email and the College website.

Students in Residence: 

  • Residence will be fully functioning, and we are in the process of modernizing some Residence facilities with a plan to offer a hoteling option in Residence for those students who only need to be on campus for short-term stays.
  • Students in Residence are encouraged to book a vaccination as soon as they are able to ensure the health and safety of our on campus community.

Athletics:

  • The Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA), which is the governing body for college athletics, including the Loyalist Lancers Athletics teams, continues to work towards a safe return to sanctioned competition in 2021-22. The OCCAA remains optimistic that it will be able to return to activity implementing measured sport formats, prioritizing the health and safety of participants.

Will vaccinations be required to come to campus?

  • No. At this time, Public Health has indicated vaccinations will not be a mandatory requirement; however, we strongly encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  

All Ontario residents 12+ are now eligible to book a vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system or a local pharmacy, and we recommend students and employees get vaccinated as soon as possible. For those who’ve received their first dose, once you are eligible, you can schedule a second dose via the provincial booking system.

As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in the reopening, like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, we must do so safely by continuing to follow Public Health guidelines. This means continuing to maintain physical distancing requirements and wearing face coverings in indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.

For more information, visit:

Please stay safe, and I very much look forward to reconnecting with all of you in person soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


DATE: May 7, 2021

SUBJECT: Well Wishes, Congratulations and Virtual Convocation

Dear Students,

I want to take a moment to express how proud we are of the tremendous strides and outstanding achievements you’ve made throughout the 2020/21 academic year. To put it plainly – it hasn’t been easy. The challenges you’ve faced may have felt, at times, insurmountable, but you did it. As Ashley Macdonald, second-year Paramedic student and recipient of the Ontario Remembrance Scholarship stated so eloquently, “Climbing a mountain and seeing the view from the top is more beautiful if you struggled to get there and achieved something in the process of climbing. There is strength in enduring difficult experiences and learning to thrive.” 

We’re at the top of the mountain together, reflecting on the difficult journey and looking at the terrain ahead.

Whether you’re finishing your first semester, continuing your studies in the Fall or graduating this June, you’re thriving – and flourish, you most certainly will! Congratulations!

Returning Students

We know that summer employment is critical for helping you financially prepare for the Fall. The College’s Career Centre is an invaluable resource for employment assistance. In addition to the job posting board, our Career Centre team can also assist with résumé reviews and interview preparation.

In August, you’ll receive access to the College’s Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships application and I encourage each and every one of you to apply. Please continue to check your Loyalist College email for updates about Fall 2021 program delivery and other important updates.

Graduating Class of 2021

We are deeply disappointed that due to the ongoing pandemic, we’re unable to host an in-person Convocation ceremony. Much internal discussion and ideation occurred around how we could safely host a ceremony. But, given Ontario’s current state of emergency and outlook for the Spring, the risk is far too great. We are, first and foremost, concerned about the health and well-being of our College community and committed to keeping everyone safe. However, this will not stop us from celebrating this exceptional, well-deserved milestone with you! During the week of June 21, 2021, over the course of four days, the College will host 16 virtual Convocation ceremonies. More details will be shared in the coming weeks and I hope you will join us online, with your family and friends.

On behalf of everyone at Loyalist College, congratulations, and thank you for everything you have done to make this year a success! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan,
President and CEO
Loyalist College


ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATIONS


Keeping Our Community Safe

 

Creating and ensuring a safe working and learning environment is of the utmost importance to Loyalist College. Our Pandemic Committee has been working closely with our Public Health partners as well as our own Student Health Centre medical personnel, faculty with expertise in infectious disease, and occupational health and safety professionals, to protect our students, employees and partners.

Loyalist has taken very strict preventative safety measures, including:

  • Reconfiguring our facilities to ensure physical distancing;
  • Increasing security and introducing an app to track the arrival and exit of all individuals at limited entry and exit points;
  • Providing complimentary face masks to those on campus and requiring face masks to be worn;
  • Increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations located throughout campus and disinfectant wipes in classrooms and labs;
  • Posting hand washing guidelines in washrooms;
  • Stocking PPE and critical cleaning products such as wipes, replacement hand sanitizer solution, masks, gloves, and soap;
  • Redesigning our Student Success services online to easily connect students with mentors, resources and informational sessions;
  • Having employees work from home where possible to meet business needs remotely;
  • Closing public gathering spaces;
  • Offering student residents single occupancy rooms only within units of students in the same programs, where possible;
  • Providing detailed training documentation on the processes and protocols of returning to campus;
  • Introducing a COVID-19 testing facility on campus to support students and employees;
  • Establishing quarantine facilities to provide student accommodations in the event a student tests positive for COVID-19; and
  • Ensuring that any students who arrive from outside the country complete a 14-day off-campus quarantine period prior to being allowed on campus.

The health and safety of our College community, including our industry partners, is a top priority and we will continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate our commitment and care.

Here are some additional resources:

 


Face masks required to be worn in campus buildings

All individuals must wear non-medical masks/face coverings inside Loyalist College buildings. The College will provide students and staff with reusable cloth masks; we encourage you to bring these masks with you when coming to campus. If needed, a supply of disposable masks is available on-site, including at the main entrance.

There are some exceptions that apply. A mask is not required if you:

  • Are outdoors and maintain a two-metre distance from others;
  • Have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask/face covering safely;
  • Are behind a physical barrier, such as plexiglass; or
  • Are in an area not open to the public (e.g. in a private office) and your workspace permits a two-metre distance from others.

Masks are still required when you are:

  • Entering and leaving campus buildings;
  • Travelling to or through public areas such as hallways or washrooms; or
  • Are within two metres of another person without a physical barrier in place.

The health and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe.


News Releases & Updates

July 9, 2021
Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16
Government of Ontario

TORONTO — With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the province-wide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021.

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline heroes, and the ongoing commitment of Ontarians to get vaccinated, we have surpassed the targets we set in order to enter Step Three of our Roadmap,” said Premier Doug Ford. “While this is welcome news for everyone who wants a return to normal, we will not slow down our efforts to fully vaccinate everyone who wants to be and put this pandemic behind us once and for all.”

In order to enter Step Three of the Roadmap, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 70 to 80 percent of individuals 18 years of age or older with one dose and 25 percent with two doses for at least two weeks, ensuring a stronger level of protection against COVID-19. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Ontario’s health care partners, as of July 8, 2021, over 77 percent of the population in Ontario ages 12 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 50 percent have received their second dose. More than 16.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered province-wide.

The province also needed to see continued improvement in other key public health and health care indicators, including hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and the weekly cases incidence rates. After entering Step Two, during the period of June 29 to July 5, 2021, the provincial case rate decreased by 23.3 percent. As of July 8, the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs is 202, including three patients from Manitoba, as compared to 286 two weeks ago. The province expects these positive trends to continue over the coming days before entering Step Three.

“Ontario has continued to see improvements in key health indicators, allowing the province to move to Step Three of the Roadmap and safely resume more of the activities we’ve missed,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “While this is exciting news, we most still remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measure we know work and keep us safe. Vaccines remain our ticket out of the pandemic so if you haven’t booked your appointment yet, please do so today.”

Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions.
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people.
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing.
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect.
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 percent capacity of the indoor space. Capacity for indoor spectators is 50 percent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 percent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less.
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less).
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent capacity outdoors.
  • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:
    • up to 50 percent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less).
    • up to 75 percent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 percent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
  • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and resto-bars, permitted up to 25 percent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario-specific information and requirements. Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings as well.

Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed.

“Thanks to the continued efforts of Ontarians adhering to public health measures and advice, as well as going out to get vaccinated, we have seen most key health indicators continue to improve,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “However, the pandemic is not over and we must all remain vigilant and continue following the measures and advice in place, as the Delta variant continues to pose a threat to public health.”

The province will remain in Step Three of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 percent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 percent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 percent of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated. Other key public health and health care indicators must also continue to remain stable. Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive screening, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a safety plan.

Ontario’s epidemiological situation is distinct from other jurisdictions and the Delta variant is the dominant strain in Ontario, which is not the case with some other provinces. As a result, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, face coverings will also continue to be required for indoor public settings. The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to evaluate this need on an ongoing basis.


Quick Facts

  • On June 30, 2021, the province moved into Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, based on the province-wide vaccination rate and continued improvements in key public health and health system indicators.
  • The Ontario government has released the Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to reopen the province and ease public health measures based on the province-wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.
  • With a majority of Ontario adults having received their first dose of the vaccine, providing a strong level of protection from COVID-19, the province is accelerating eligibility to book a second dose appointment, including for children and youth aged 12 to 17.

Fact Sheets