Carleton’s return to campus will be gradual and carefully planned, following all safety and public health guidelines. While some units are already on campus performing work necessary to maintain business operations, other departments and units will start to return to campus in August, safely and gradually. 

The health and safety of all members of the Carleton community is the university’s top priority.  

Assumptions and Principles 

The return to campus will be phased by department/unit and will be in compliance with Provincial Government Orders and the Occupational Health Safety Act (OHSA) to ensure the health and safety of all members of the Carleton community.  

Staff who are required to return to campus will do so in phases by department/unit prior to the return of students and classes in order to prepare offices, buildings and other areas.  

Areas returning in priority sequence are:  

  • Phase 1: Core Services (already on campus) 
  • Phase 2: Research based on appropriate approvals, areas that support labs and research, and the Library (already on campus) 
  • Phase 3: Areas that support students, including academic departments/units. 
  • Phase 4: Administrative and governance areas 

Not all members of a department/unit will be returning at once due to physical distancing and building capacity requirements. The return to campus will adhere to all health and safety requirements including capacity limits. 

Overall Guidelines 

Expectations are that the provincial guidelines and standard health and safety requirements will remain in effect.  

  • Physical distancing (6 feet or 2-metres) must be maintained at all times 
  • Non-medical masks are mandatory where physical distancing is not possible and are required in all publicly accessible spaces 
  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water is essential; hand sanitizer should be used when soap and water is not available 
  • The Occupational Health Safety Act (OHSA) obligates both the employer and worker to ensure a safe workplace 

Ensuring a Safe Workplace  

To help ensure a safe workplace and prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the following measures are effective: 

  • Maintaining a 2-metre (6 feet) physical distance from others and restrict gatherings as per public health;  
  • Wearing a non-medical mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained or in a publicly accessible space 
  • Mandatory COVID-19 Screening and staying at home if you are ill or are experiencing any symptoms (including mild symptoms); 
  • Frequent hand washing using warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds; alternatively, using hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol base; 
  • Avoiding touching the face, mouth, nose or eyes; 
  • Covering your cough with tissues or your sleeve;  
  • Cleaning and disinfecting your surfaces and objects; 
  • Following directional arrows for movement, entrance and egress and comply with signage; 
  • Limit elevator occupancy to the posted maximum; 
  • Adhere to maximum occupancy signage for meeting rooms and common areas; 
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entering the building and/or touching high-frequency contact surfaces (such as elevator call buttons)