Western University requires students to receive COVID boosters and wear masks in classrooms this fall

At Western University in London, Ontario, all students entering next fall semester will be fully immunized against COVID-19, given at least one booster shot, and wearing a mask during all classes and seminars. require you to wear at school.

Vaccine and in-class masking requirements apply to all students, staff, and faculty unless waivers can be obtained from the university by October 1st. policy document From the university dated August 22nd.

Those who receive the exemption must “comply with examination programs and other requirements set by the University from time to time.”

“We will soon be welcoming students to our campuses from all over the country and around the world. While it is impossible to predict when the next wave of COVID-19 will arrive, these measures will help prevent the face-to-face outbreaks the West is famous for. We believe it will help protect the experience at release announced policy.

With a few minor exceptions, all college visitors are required to be fully vaccinated with one booster to enter campus.

Visitors exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 (coughing, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) will not be allowed on campus. All visitors are also required to complete a ‘Daily Symptom Check’ prior to arriving on campus.

As part of our mask policy, Western requires all students, staff, and faculty (except for “presentations, performances, facilitation, or speaking to groups”) to wear “medical grade masks” in classrooms, seminar rooms, and laboratories. require you to wear it.

However, the university said it would “reassess the need for masks beyond Thanksgiving weekend, with the goal of lifting mask mandates as soon as possible.”

Western University’s COVID-19 order, which took effect on August 22, is stricter than the University of Toronto’s (U of T) order for next year.

The U of T, which announced the mandate in late July, will require only students living in residences to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. It has also not reinstated mask mandates, which were suspended in May 2022, along with the requirement to show proof of vaccination before entering campus.

U of T said in May that it was suspending its mandate, but later said it could resume “soon.”

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Peter Wilson is a reporter based in Ontario, Canada.