Health & safety resources
Let's do our part to keep our community healthy
The health, safety and well-being of our Dalhousie communities has been our paramount concern throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with safety measures guided by the latest and best guidance from Nova Scotia Public Health. That remains the case for Fall 2021 as Dalhousie prepares to re-open safely to our students, faculty, staff and community members.
Our plans for Fall 2021 are aligned with a postsecondary framework that applies to all universities and colleges in Nova Scotia [PDF - login required], and has been approved by Nova Scotia Public Health and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Dalhousie's plan builds on this framework and our success in on-campus activities this past year, applying multiple layers of safety protection to help keep our Dal community safe and supported.
Read the institutional strategy document: Moving Forward: Dalhousie University Fall Return Guidance, Fall 2021 [PDF - login required]
Below is a summary of current health and safety direction and our plans for September, along with additional details and links to frequently asked questions.
|Details||Notes and FAQs|
Students, faculty, and staff will be asked to provide proof of their vaccination status prior to accessing university campuses.
Students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated, or choose not to provide proof of vaccination, will have to undergo COVID-19 testing twice a week and will be required to provide proof that the testing has taken place.
Faculty, staff and students will be encouraged to get tested regularly for COVID. We are also planning specific testing (including wastewater testing) for residences.
Individuals who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be required to be tested for COVID-19 twice weekly to take part in on-campus activities.
||Faculty, staff, students and visitors will be asked to continue to wear masks in all shared indoor common spaces (including classrooms) in September.||
||Distancing restrictions will be lifted in alignment with public health guidance and the approved postsecondary safety framework.
|We do not expect significant gathering limits to affect Dalhousie activities once they are lifted.||
|A continued focus on ventilation and air quality will help prevent the transmission of airborne diseases.||
CLEANING, DISINFECTION AND HYGIENE
|Cleaning and disinfection will continue at a high standard, and good hand-washing hygiene will continue to be encouraged.||
ACCOMMODATION AND SUPPORT
|We will continue to support our community in its return to campus with the same care and compassion as we have throughout the pandemic.||
PLAN FOR COVID-19 CASES
Stay home if you feel sick, follow provincial testing protocols if showing symptoms of COVID-19, and self-isolate if required.
In the event COVID-19 cases do occur, we are prepared to support those who are sick and help keep our community safe.
Return to campus safety resources
Faculty and staff should consult the safety resources at the Return to Campus Information page (login required).
Dalhousie University is asking people to continue to wear non-medical masks or face coverings in all indoor common spaces on our campuses through the month of September.
What is a non-medical mask?
A non-medical mask, or face covering, is a mask that covers your mouth and nose. It can be made of cloth and should be at least two layers.
When do I need to wear a mask?
- Non-medical masks should be worn by all staff, faculty, students and visitors to campus who are travelling through or working/studying in any indoor common areas and public spaces including buildings, classrooms, libraries, food establishments, residences, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and common study areas.
- You are free to remove your non-medical mask in personal, private workspaces where a distance of 2 metres can be observed, or within students’ private residence rooms. You may also remove your mask briefly while eating and drinking, providing you are stationary and observing a safe physical distance from others.
- An instructor lecturing in a classroom may remove their mask if 6 feet (2 metres) of distance from all others can be observed.
- Individuals are welcome to wear non-medical masks or face coverings in other spaces and settings (outdoors, etc.) should they wish to do so, as an added precaution to help keep others safe.
Exceptions to these requirements can include individuals with valid medical reasons for being unable to wear a mask, those who are unable to remove a mask on their own, and children under the age of 2.
When do I need to wear a rated medical mask?
- Where workplace hazards dictate rated medical masks as the appropriate PPE for the task.
If I forgot my mask, can I pick one up on campus?
We expect all members of our community to have their own supply of masks but, if you forgot to grab yours before coming to campus, you can grab one to use for the day at one of several locations:
Studley and Carleton Campuses
- Dal Security, 1252 LeMarchant Street (M to F, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Student Union Building, Information Desk (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Macdonald Building, University Hall, second floor (Monday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m.)
- Student Health & Wellness Centre, LeMarchant Place, second floor (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, Building Services (aka rooms B101 & B102) (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- Melda Murray Student Centre, Room A109, A/B Building, 1360 Barrington Street (M to F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Agricultural Campus (Truro)
- Student Success Centre (Dairy Building), (M to F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Find more info about masks on our FAQ page.
Dalhousie contact information
Please note: If you are concerned you have been exposed to, or may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the Nova Scotia's Coronavirus (COVID-19): symptoms and testing page to complete a self-assessment.
|Dalhousie students||Student Health and Wellness
|Dalhousie faculty and staff
||For information about COVID-19, call the Government of Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397, or
Employee Family and Assistance program