Changes to Brock pandemic measures as Niagara moves to Red

The Ontario government announced on Friday, Dec. 18 that Niagara region is being moved into the Red (Control) category of the province’s COVID-19 response framework, due to Niagara’s increasing number of infections. The change is effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

Ontario uses a region’s COVID infection rate to set its classification, which dictates the level of restrictions to be imposed. The rankings are updated weekly. Red is the most limiting category before a complete lockdown is ordered by the province under the Grey (Lockdown) category.

Brock University has been working under a modified operational plan since March, with reduced on-campus activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move to Red aligns with Stage 2 in Brock’s Stages of Response/Recovery.

While the move to Red will not affect Brock’s current delivery of on-campus and online classes, other activities will need to be modified to abide by public health guidelines. These include:

  • Social gathering limits are reduced to a maximum of five people indoors and 25 people outdoors, where physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Meeting/event spaces (those that have been authorized) will have a maximum occupancy of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • Food service at Guernsey Market will now be takeout only. Indoor dining is suspended until further notice.
  • University residences will continue to operate as planned with the current mitigation measures such as significantly reduced occupancy and no guest policy continuing.
  • The operation of the James A. Gibson Library remains the same; however, bookable study space available to students will now be subject to a maximum occupancy of 10 at a time.
  • The Campus Store remains operational with access through one of the three approved University entrances.
  • The Computer Commons remains open; however, it will now be subject to a maximum occupancy of 10 students at a time.
  • Limits around the number of students allowed in classrooms remains unchanged from the previous Orange restriction level.
  • For the latest guidance on research access and the impact moving to Red will have, please visit the Brock Coronavirus FAQ for research.

Impact on Brock Sports and Recreation:

  • Team sports must not be practised or played, with the exception of training sessions for members of a sports team that do not include games or scrimmages.
  • Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other must not be practised or played.
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses must be closed, except to the extent that they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid.
  • The total number of people permitted to be in an area of the facility containing weights or exercise machines at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from every other person in that area, and in any event cannot exceed 10 people.

While Niagara is moving into the Red (Control) category, the situation is fluid and may change over the holidays. With the Winter Term classes starting on Monday, Jan. 11, updates will be provided if there are any changes.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to monitor their email, brocku.ca and Brock social media accounts for updates on Niagara’s designation and any impact it may have on Brock University.