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Updated COVID directive to students who attended this weekend’s Halifax street party
To: The Dalhousie University community
From: Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Re: Updated COVID directive to students who attended this weekend’s Halifax street party
As we further consider the implications of yesterday’s unsanctioned street parties in Halifax, we are providing additional direction to those who were at these parties in the interest of our shared health and safety.
If you attended the large, unsanctioned street parties in the Halifax neighbourhood of Jennings and Larch Streets in the afternoon/evening of Saturday, September 25:
We are strongly urging you NOT TO ATTEND CLASSES OR GENERAL ON-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES FOR ONE WEEK, beginning immediately and continuing until the morning of Monday, October 4. You are also asked to limit your public space interactions in general.
We are also asking you to GET TESTED FOR COVID-19 — either at one of our campus testing sites or test-kit pickup locations (which you are allowed to attend) or at local pop-up rapid testing sites. Even if your test is negative, we ask you to continue to not attend classes or on-campus activities for the full week and continue regular testing.
Students in residence affected by this request are asked to restrict their on-campus activities to their residence and dining halls. Students concerned about missing course material or assessments are to follow-up with their instructor. It is important to note that instructors are not required to provide alternate instruction outside of standard absence procedures.
We take this measure knowing it will likely be imperfect, but our top priority must remain the health, safety and well-being of our Dalhousie community. We have seen a significant increase in COVID cases among 20-to-39-year-olds in the Halifax area. This weekend’s illegal gathering poses a potential risk to our ability to continue with a safe, sustainable in-person learning experience this fall. We ask everyone who was there to respect your fellow students, our entire Dal community, as well as our neighbours and surrounding community, and follow this directive.
Please note we are currently working on our next broad COVID update to our community for tomorrow (Monday), and will aim to answer additional questions about this directive in that update.
We continue to encourage all members of the Dalhousie community to undertake regular rapid COVID-19 testing along with self-assessing for symptoms daily.
Provost and Vice-President Academic
Dalhousie University is located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi`kmaq. We are all treaty people.
We acknowledge the histories, contributions, and legacies of the African Nova Scotian people and communities who have been here for over 400 years.
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