Consistent with the Government of Ontario’s plan for re-opening and local health guidelines and protocol, Brock University’s Stages for Pandemic Response and Recovery lists five stages of activity that campus operations can be set at, based on current public health guidelines.
To ensure all Brock community members are well informed of COVID-19 infection control, the University has created a video that includes general COVID-19 related safety considerations:
All members of the Brock community are reminded that all travellers entering Canada, including international students, are required to undergo the necessary health checks, must wear a non-medical mask or face covering during travel, including to their place of quarantine, and that they must quarantine (if asymptomatic) or isolate (if symptomatic) for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.
This in accordance with the requirements set out in the Emergency Order Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada (Mandatory Isolation) No. 3. Upon arrival, all travellers must be able to demonstrate that they have a plan in place to support their initial 14-day mandatory quarantine or isolation period in Canada.
Failure to comply with this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while wilfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1 million or imprisonment of up to three years, or to both.
Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.
In addition to the offenses under the Quarantine Act, international students and their dependents, as Temporary Residents or Foreign Nationals authorized entry, may face consequences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, such as being deemed inadmissible and subject to a removal order, for any non-compliance with quarantine requirements under the Quarantine Act.
Returning students, staff or faculty should enter Canada with a plan for quarantining for at least 14 days in advance of their first day of their program of study in order to be in compliance with the existing Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act, requiring mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure there are appropriate arrangements in place for their quarantine, which includes physical distancing from others, and avoiding contact with vulnerable people such as people 65 years or older, or people with underlying medical conditions. Public living areas should be avoided. As such, hostels and residences with shared living accommodations are not acceptable for quarantine or isolation.
Travellers are strongly encouraged to make use of the ArriveCan App, which makes it easier to provide mandatory information upon entering Canada.
Before departure, travellers should:
- Have a quarantine plan consistent with the Quarantine Act and guidelines of the Government of Canada, as well as the requirements of the local and provincial public health authorities.
- If you do not have an appropriate quarantine location, you can complete your 14-day quarantine on campus at no charge. Note, that you will be responsible for the cost of meals that can be delivered to your isolation suite.
- Purchase a mask or face covering to wear throughout your travel.
- Prearrange transportation from the airport to your quarantine location and avoid public transportation.
- Download and use the ArriveCan App.
Upon arrival, travellers should:
- Wear a mask or face covering throughout your travel from the airport to your quarantine location.
- Use the ArriveCAN app for their daily symptom reporting.
- Download the COVID Alert App created by the Government of Canada
- Notify the Brock COVID nurse by email at email@example.com so that they can support your quarantine plan.
International students will be required to have a COVID test, during their mandated quarantine period. Both international and domestic students that have travelled from outside of Canada will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID- test to the campus COVID nurse. Please refer to the Government of Ontario COVID Assessment website for a location near you.
During and following the 14-day quarantine, travellers are reminded that mental health support resources are available and that the stigmatization of any group or individual has no place on our campus or in our country.
If you believe that you, or someone you know, is being subjected to COVID-related harassment, stereotyping or prejudicial assumptions, please contact the Office of Human Rights and Equity, located in MCE 206. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-668-5550 x4859.
If a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID, Brock’s Outbreak Management Team will follow the Outbreak Management Plan which includes working with Niagara Region Public Health to determine whether an outbreak has occurred and the appropriate next steps. Should an outbreak occur, the University will immediately notify the local and provincial authorities.