Hamilton remains in the red zone under the province’s COVID-19 framework, but the city’s Medical Officer of Health has imposed new increased restrictions which impact McMaster students, faculty and staff.
These new local regulations — which largely effect retail operations, malls and workplaces — are being introduced to help curb the spread of the virus in the community.
The most significant impact for those coming to McMaster will be a new active screening that is required every time someone comes to campus to work, attend classes or use any campus facility effective December 7th.
The specifics of how various groups at the university are impacted by these new regulations are included below. As these new protocols are introduced, it’s important that faculty ensure their students are aware, supervisors inform their employees, and researchers let everyone in their lab know about the changes.
The university has worked closely with public health to ensure our protocols are in line with these new requirements.
Please note that the new requirements are on top of the university’s existing protocols for anyone required to come to campus:
McMaster continues to ask anyone who can work from home to do so. While there continues to be provision for extraordinary circumstances for working on campus that must first be approved by supervisors, please limit wherever possible the number of approved employees accessing McMaster facilities.
As of Monday, December 7th at 12:01 a.m.
Anyone working, studying at or visiting a McMaster campus or facility is required to meet these new rules. The screening only needs to be completed once each day before attending McMaster. Anyone receiving a screening notice should save the documentation. Anyone working in a health facility or other third-party organization must also follow all protocols required by that organization.
McMaster employees approved to be working at a McMaster workplace:
McMaster research personnel including students working in a research capacity:
McMaster graduate students:
Non-McMaster employees working or providing services at a McMaster location
Updated information is available on McMaster’s COVID-19 website. McMaster’s Supervisor’s Guide Supervisor’s Guide has also been updated. Additional information may also be provided by individual departments and will be sent directly to people in those areas.