Entrances are open weekdays from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Please use main doors as designated entrances in those buildings. Key and card access remain in place outside of these hours.
Tunnels and pedways are open to provide safe passage from the outside elements and conditions. You are encouraged to use outside routes when the weather is favourable.
Those entering the province with a travel exemption must continue to complete the exempted worker form. Contractors who have a standing offer or tender agreement with Memorial do not need to complete the visitor activity form.
Before coming to campus, office and field activities, employees are expected to review the health and safety moment and complete Memorial’s COVID-19 awareness session.
The University Centre is open. The latest information on the the bookstore on the St. John's campus can be found here. The computer labs in Engineering and Applied Science Building (EN-3000) and in the Chemistry/Physics building (room C-2003) has re-opened for students who do not have personal computer access for remote learning. The room will be open between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit here. The student wellness and counselling centre is providing services and more information on available services is on the centre's website.
Do I need to wear a mask on campus?
Masks must be worn in public indoor spaces in Newfoundland and Labrador as issued in a special measures order by Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer. More information as it relates to Memorial is included in this update. Employees are also asked to wear a mask in parking garages.
Can HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems transmit COVID-19?
COVID-19 is primarily transmitted by close contact (less than 2 metres) with an infected person. It is transmitted by respiratory droplets and aerosols created when a person talks, sings, shouts, coughs or sneezes. The risk is therefore increased when attending crowded, inadequately ventilated spaces for long periods of time. To date, there has been no evidence associating transmission with HVAC systems; however, there are many studies on ventilation noting an increased risk of transmission in unventilated and inadequately ventilated indoor spaces.
What is the role of ventilation in the transmission of COVID-19?
Proper ventilation is another way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. With increased circulation of variants of concern, which can spread more easily, Memorial uses a number of controls to help ensure the protection of faculty, staff and students against the spread of COVID-19.
Some of these controls include reducing the density on campus, wearing a non-medical face covering, completing a daily self-assessment, staying home when sick and ensuring adequate ventilation.
Many buildings on campus have a mechanical ventilation system installed and maintained in accordance with industry standards. These systems supply and exhaust air to reduce the risk of exposure. Maintenance is conducted to ensure the filters are changed and the system is operating as intended. At Memorial, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent industry findings, facilities management is replacing the MERV 8 filters where possible with higher rated MERV 13 filters. This will improve the efficiency of capturing any small particles in the air.
What if my office does not have mechanical ventilation?
For buildings or rooms that do not have mechanical ventilation, opening windows and doors provides natural ventilation. In wet and/or cold environments open the windows or doors a small amount for a few minutes at a time. Opening a window 1 centimetre for 10 minutes each hour will improve the air quality. The windows can remain open as thermal comfort permits, but be sure to close windows and doors when leaving the building for security and environmental reasons. If you are concerned about the ventilation in a room, but cannot open the windows or doors you should avoid having others in the space.
Could building access restrictions change?
Yes, access restrictions can change based on time sensitive requirements, evolving functions of the university, risks, and/or if abuse of access is identified. Updates will be posted to the COVID-19 website.
Will Facilities Management (FM) custodial staff implement cleaning protocols to ensure equipment that is physically touched in lecture capture classrooms is disinfected between recording sessions, prior to the next instructor using the equipment?
FM will continue the current practice of cleaning lecture capture spaces once per day. These rooms are equipped with disinfectant spray bottles and towels. Each user should clean touch surfaces in their area before and after use – as per current practice and utilize good hand hygiene. Signage is in place in each lecture capture room to emphasize the need for regular cleaning by users. More details on pandemic cleaning can be found here.
What on-campus cleaning procedures are in place?
On St. John's campus, washrooms have cleaning logs displayed. More details on pandemic cleaning can be found here.
Is the Childcare Centre open?
Contact the centre for information about operations.