1. Use Your Layers!
  2. More Details about Your Layers
    1. Vaccination
    2. Masking
    3. Monitoring for symptoms and staying home when sick
    4. Gatherings
  3. Be Social Wise

This information has been adapted from Ottawa Public Health’s reducing the risks website.

“Learning to live with COVID” doesn’t mean moving on as if the pandemic is over, it means being mindful of the virus’ presence in our day-to-day lives.

As more public health measures are lifted, it is important to remember that COVID is still present in Ottawa. The situation can change at any time and the risks of new variants and outbreaks are very real. There is still risk of transmission, and the risk of infection and severe outcomes from COVID-19 is greater for some individuals than others.

However, there are a number of actions you can take to reduce your risk. Every one of them adds a layer of protection that can lower your risk and the risk you pose to those around you. 

Use Your Layers!

Think of it this way: the colder it is outside, the more important it is to dress in layers to protect yourself from the cold and stay warm. As it gets colder, you add more layers. 

Well, in this case, the higher the level of risk you’re facing, the more important it is to consistently use as many of these layers as you can. And every single layer counts! 

Your layers: 

  • Being vaccinated with all the doses you’re eligible for and keeping your vaccination status in cuScreen up to date
  • Monitoring yourself for symptoms and staying home when sick
  • Wearing a mask
  • Avoiding crowded indoor spaces, where possible
  • Maintaining physical distancing
  • Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer regularly
  • Respecting those who remain at higher risk of complications from COVID-19

If you are someone who remains at higher risk, consistently using these layers is essential.

More Details about Your Layers

Vaccination

Our best protection against serious illness, hospitalization and long-term impacts from COVID-19 is vaccination.

Booster doses are critical for lowering the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. We strongly recommend that all members of the Carleton community get a full course of vaccination, including booster doses as soon as they are eligible, and submit their booster dose information in cuScreen as soon as possible.

Although proof of vaccination will no longer be required to access campus or participate in in-person Carleton activities starting May 1, it may become necessary to bring back proof of vaccination requirements on short notice if the situation and public health advice changes. To ensure we can minimize any disruption to our learning and work environment, all individuals should keep their vaccination status updated in cuScreen.

Masking

On the recommendation of Ottawa Public Health, Carleton will be maintaining the mandatory COVID-19 Mask Policy until further notice. 

When using a mask, select the best quality one available to you. Masks are available to faculty and staff through their departments/units in eShop.

Some individuals may choose to keep wearing masks in places where they are not required; please be kind and respectful of others’ choices.

When attending a gathering, always bring your mask with you. There may be times when others will not be comfortable being around maskless people, or they could be at high-risk, and they may ask you to mask-up.

Carleton University supports all members of our community who choose to either wear or not wear a mask, and we expect everyone to respect each other’s personal choices.

It’s important to remember that wearing a mask is something we can all do to help to protect those who remain at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19.

Monitoring for symptoms and staying home when sick

Remaining vigilant and not attending work or school when sick or with symptoms is critically important.

The cuScreen daily screening will no longer be mandatory after May 1 but will remain active for those who wish to complete the screening self-assessment before coming to campus.

If you are sick, please stay home. Visit our web page for information on self-isolation guidelines.

If you have been on campus in the 10 days prior to the onset of symptoms, please follow Carleton’s symptom reporting protocol.

For more information about available testing and treatment options in Ottawa visit the Ottawa Public Health website.

Gatherings

If you are planning to have an in-person gathering, reduce your risk and that of your guests by ensuring your guests are fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible. Also, consider the risk of those at higher risk of serious outcomes.

If hosting a gathering, you can lower your risk of COVID-19 by having it outdoors.

If hosting an indoor gathering, reduce your risk by opening windows to ensure proper ventilation.

When attending a gathering, always bring your mask with you. There may be times when others will not be comfortable being around maskless people, or they could be at high-risk, and they may ask you to mask-up.

Do not gather if you or anyone who planned to be in attendance is sick.

If you plan to visit friends/family who are at a higher risk of serious COVID-19 impacts, avoid crowded spaces in the days leading up to your visit.

If you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 impacts, ensure you’re being mindful of your surroundings. If you walk into a restaurant that is very crowded, consider going elsewhere or ordering in. For a crowded grocery or retail store, consider shopping at non-peak times or use curb-side pick-up.

Be Social Wise

For more information on how we can reduce our risks and protect ourselves and others, visit Ottawa Public Health’s Social Wise website.