The Province of Ontario uses a colour-coded alert system to signify the sector-specific public health and workplace safety measures and public health advice. The University of Ottawa has installed signage at building entrances to indicate the restrictions. Requirements for each zone are included in the following regulations:
The University of Ottawa wants to remind all workers that they should continue to work remotely as much as possible. Workers should stay home if they feel ill or present symptoms of COVID‐19. If a worker needs to come to campus:
Before their first arrival on campus:
- Discuss expectations for work on campus, and whether your presence is required on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, with their supervisor.
- Complete the required Returning to Work on Campus: Protecting Yourself and Others training.
- Receive instructions on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and how to protect themselves and others, along with the measures they need to implement to achieve this goal.
- Review the COVID-19 checklist for additional guidance.
Each day they come to campus:
- Prior to arriving on campus, you are encouraged to complete the self-assessment questionnaire. Follow the instructions provided.
On campus, you are encouraged to:
- Implement the measures specified by the orientation session, campus guidelines, and their supervisor.
- Maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) or more between persons. Where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in indoor common spaces on our campus, such as hallways, lobbies, stairways, washrooms, and elevators, it is required to wear a non-medical mask or facial covering to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets. Note: facial coverings are not considered personal protective equipment.
- Take measures for working alone, if applicable.
- Avoid touching their face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Monitor for symptoms.
- Wash their hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds. Alcohol‐based (60%) hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative where handwashing facilities are not available.
- Sneeze and cough into the bend of their elbow or sleeve. When using tissues, they must discard them immediately and wash their hands afterward.
- Where possible, they must avoid high‐touch areas and make sure to wash their hands afterwards. The COVID-19 disinfection procedure provides an overview for disinfecting hard surfaces and common touch points.
- If they feel unsafe, they must report to their supervisor. The provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act continue to apply, including work refusals. The work refusal process is posted online.
- Comply with campus signs at all times.
If you feel ill, experience COVID-19 symptoms or the self assessment has recommended you remain home:
- Contact your supervisor to inform them that, depending on the results of the self-assessment, you may not attend campus.
- Notify the Health and Wellness sector.
- Follow Ottawa Public Health instructions, which may include testing at a local assessment centre and self-isolation.
- Any worker who may have been exposed to, or who is exhibiting symptoms of, COVID‐19 will not return to work until they have been cleared to do so by the appropriate medical authority.
- Isolate as much as possible until you can return home. Wear a non-medical mask to prevent your respiratory droplets from propagating.
- Contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 (or equivalent).
- Follow instructions provided (e.g. self-isolation, COVID-19 test, etc.).
- Send an email to email@example.com if advised to self-isolate.
- If you need mental health counselling, contact SASS.
- For academic accommodations, contact your faculty for next steps, but do not go to campus until you test negative or your 14-day self-isolation is over and you are no longer symptomatic.