Posted to the McMaster COVID-19 website on March 23, 2020.
From the spread and prevention of COVID-19 to its social and economic impacts, McMaster’s world-leading researchers and institutes are rapidly mobilizing to help combat COVID-19. In the last week alone, these are some of the ways McMaster experts are diving in:
This is only the beginning of the ways McMaster will rally to make a difference in this fight globally.
The federal government has introduced an exemption on travel restrictions for international students who hold a valid study permit or had been approved for a study permit when the country’s travel restrictions first took effect last week.
This will have significant impact for McMaster, although the government has not yet announced when the exemptions will be in place, which is expected to be sometime early this week.
There will still be other challenges for some international students getting to Canada, depending on travel restrictions within their home countries, but it is welcome news for those students who have been inquiring about the possibility of continuing their studies and are able to travel.
The deadline for students to move out of residence over the weekend was successful in helping the university with its efforts to help increase social distancing. The move-out day went smoothly, with sufficient social-distancing measures in place for everyone involved. A group of about 430 students granted approval for exceptional circumstances will remain in residence. Most of those students are international or out-of-province students.
With employees and staff returning from March Break travel, an important reminder that the government requires people self-isolate for 14 days after any travel outside of Canada — so even for those who are working at home, it means following other rules to limit contact with others, such as having groceries delivered, and only leaving home if it’s medically necessary.
There are a number of updates from facilities services that impact many areas of the university’s operations:
Phishing has become a significant problem in the current situation. Please be extra diligent when dealing with email and vigilant about not opening any attachments or files that may be cause for concern. You can find more advice at the Office of the CTO’s website.