COVID-19 Impact Scale

Current status by campus

St. John's and Signal Hill
Low
light green circle, low
Grenfell Campus
Low
light green circle low risk level

Marine Institute has different controls in place and this scale does not apply to their operations and locations.

Memorial uses five stages of risk levels for pandemic risk mitigation, which assist with the scale-up and scale-back plan for university functions. 

This COVID-19 Impact Scale has been developed to guide decision making for locations, activities, and personnel as the university moves between the risk levels and may change in the future as provincial Public Health guidelines change.

The regional approach to public health directives means that campuses may operate at a different level on the COVID-19 impact scale.

All international travel and activities at all levels will need to follow Government of Canada travel advice and advisories and Newfoundland and Labrador provincial health guidelines including isolation requirements. This is the basic framework for Memorial's approach. There may be opportunities to examine exceptions or deviations based on risk level balanced with achieving desired strategic objectives and essential functions.


Risk Level Very High

Density Occupancy: >225 sq. ft. per person
Possible Indicators: Community/province in Alert Level 5 of lockdown/circuit-breaker.

Protocols for COVID risk by location

Building access: Most campus buildings are locked. Access by keycard or key only.
Library: No Access/ Critical Staff Only.
Study space/CPU labs: 1-2 computer labs, bookable space and card access only.

Protocols for COVID risk by activity

Campus services: Services restricted to critical functions.
Administrative functions: Critical functions only.
Events and programs: No in-person events or programs.
Travel :
Within Canada: Inter-provincial and domestic university travel suspended unless exceptional circumstances, and vice-president pre-approval required.
International: International university travel suspended in accordance with federal and provincial/territorial travel guidelines.
Teaching and learning: Limited to approved, critical in-person classes such as clinical placements.
Research:
On-campus: Only COVID-19 research, critical clinical studies, and critical research continuity, including research that could incur a disproportionate delay or catastrophic loss, with approved research request and health and safety plan. Approval by Dean and EHS. COVID Research Working Group (CRWG) Red Status.
Face-to-face: No face-to-face research with research participants
Fieldwork: Research fieldwork suspended.

Protocols for COVID risk by personnel

Faculty/staff: Only employees required for critical functions on campus. Faculty with private office allowed based on collective agreements, but access discouraged to keep buildings clear for critical personnel.
Visitors: No visitors permitted on campus.

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Risk Level High

Density occupancy: 225 sq. ft. per person
Possible indicators: Community/province in Alert Level 4 or lower; gym and fitness facilities closed; restaurants closed; weddings, ceremonies limited to 10 people.

Protocols for COVID risk by location

Building Access: Access limited to those who are required for critical functions. Most campus buildings are locked. Access by keycard or key only.
Library: Density of 225 sq. ft., Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) on-site, sign-in/out, online booking/registration. Limited contact-less pickup for MUN faculty, staff, students for items that cannot be provided electronically.
Study space/CPU labs: 1-2 computer labs, bookable space and card access only.

Protocols for COVID risk by activity

Campus services: Services restricted to critical functions.
Administrative functions: Critical functions and limited access for functions that cannot proceed with employees working from home.
Events and programs: Limited events and programs in accordance with public health gathering limits. Subject to prior approval.
Travel:
Within Canada: Inter-provincial and domestic university travel suspended unless exceptional circumstances, and vice-president pre-approval required.
International: International university travel suspended federal and provincial/territorial travel guidelines.
Teaching and learning: Limited to approved critical in-person classes.
Research:
On-campus: On-campus research with approved research request and health and safety plan. Graduate student research in second half of program and research contracts with less than 12 months remaining prioritized. Approval by Dean and EHS. CRWG High-Yellow Status.
Face-to-face: No face-to-face research with research participants
Fieldwork: Time-sensitive, high-priority, low-risk fieldwork with approved request and health and safety plan. Not to include overnight stays or shared vehicle transportation. Approval by Dean and EHS.

Protocols for COVID risk by personnel

Faculty/staff: Only employees required for critical functions on campus. Staff on campus who cannot work from home, and those requiring specialized equipment.
Visitors: Limited to visitors assisting in critical functions permitted on campus.

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Risk Level Moderate

Density occupancy: 144 sq. ft. per person
Possible indicators: K-6 schools fully open. Day Care is fully open and accessible. Retail stores are open with physical distancing. Team sports suspended. Vaccine access limited.

Protocols for COVID risk by location

Building access: Buildings with student access needs are open for limited hours.
Library: Density of 144 sq. ft., CEP on-site, sign in/out, online bookings/registration.
Study space/CPU labs: Single use study spaces, bookings required. No group study space.

Protocols for COVID risk by activity

Campus services: Services restricted to those needed to support current level of teaching and learning, research and public engagement.
Administrative functions: Some internal services operating subject to occupancy density requirements.
Events and programs: Limited events and programs in accordance with public health gathering limits. Subject to prior approval.
Travel:
Within Canada: Limited travel within Canada permitted in accordance with provincial/territorial travel guidelines. Safety plan and pre-approval by dean required.
International: International travel suspended in accordance with federal and provincial/territorial travel guidelines.
Teaching and learning: Approved in-person teaching with restrictions on class and lab size.
Research:
On-campus: Research that cannot be carried out remotely based on approved request and health and safety plan that includes 144 sq. ft. / person density requirement. Approval by dean. CRWG Low-Yellow Status.
Face-to-face: No face-to-face research with research participants
Fieldwork: Low-risk fieldwork with approved request and health and safety plan that respects NL public health directives and complies with Memorial travel restrictions. Approval by dean and EHS.

Protocols for COVID risk by personnel

Faculty/staff: On-campus access for critical functions and persons required to provide support to teaching and learning, research and public engagement at current level.
Visitors: Limited to visitors assisting in teaching and learning, research and public engagement activities at current level.

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Risk Level Low

Density occupancy: 114 sq. ft. per person
Possible indicators: Gyms and fitness facilities partially open. Vaccine not fully available.

Protocols for COVID risk by location

Building access: Most buildings open for daytime hours, as needed for student and public access.
Library: Density of 114 sq. ft., CEP on-site, sign-in/out, online bookings.
Study space/CPU labs: Group study spaces open in multiple locations with capacity set by the university Density Calculator.

Protocols for COVID risk by activity

Campus services: Most services operating with little restriction.
Administrative functions: Front facing services operating subject to occupancy density requirements.
Events and programs: Limited events and programs in accordance with public health gathering limits. Subject to prior approval.
Travel:
Within Canada: Travel within Canada permitted in accordance with provincial/territorial travel guidelines. Approved health and safety plan required.
International: International travel suspended in accordance with federal and provincial/territorial travel guidelines. 
Teaching and learning: Approved in-person teaching with restrictions on class and lab size.
Research:
On-campus: On-campus research with approved research and health and safety plan that includes 114 sq. ft. / person density requirement. Approved by dean. CRWG High-Green Status.
Face-to-face research: Low-risk face-to-face interactions with research participants with approved request and health and safety plan. Approved by dean and EHS.
Fieldwork: Fieldwork with approved request and health and safety plan that includes physical distancing and PPE. Approval by dean.

Protocols for COVID risk by personnel

Faculty/staff: Partial access restrictions to campus for faculty/staff. Some services reduced due to occupancy density requirements.
Visitors: Visitors with legitimate and approved reason to be on campus allowed.

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Risk Level Very Low

Density occupancy: 52 sq. ft. per person
Possible indicators: Alert Level 1, mass vaccinations (70-85%), Low R0 values, mask and distance guidelines from Public Health.

Protocols for COVID risk by location

Building access: Buildings generally open, subject to density limits and limited hours as needed for security.
Library: Normal operations, subject to density and Public Health guidelines.
Study space/CPU labs: No restrictions beyond basic density and Public Health guidelines.

Protocols for COVID risk by activity

Campus services: All on-campus services operating with no restrictions beyond basic density and Public Health guidelines.
Administrative functions: All administrative functions proceeding on campus, subject to density and Public Health guidelines.
Events and programs: No restrictions to events and programs beyond basic density and Public Health guidelines.
Travel:
Within Canada: Travel within Canada permitted in accordance with provincial/territorial travel guidelines. Approved health and safety plan required.
International: International travel in accordance with federal and provincial/territorial travel guidelines. Approved health and safety plan required.
Teaching and learning: In-person teaching with no restrictions beyond density and basic Public Health guidelines.
Research:
On-Campus: On-campus research with no restrictions beyond standard University and current Public Health guidelines. CRWG Low-Green Status.
Face-to-face research: No restrictions for face-to-face research beyond standard university and Public Health guidelines.
Fieldwork: No restrictions for fieldwork beyond standard university and Public Health guidelines.

Protocols for COVID risk by personnel

Faculty/staff: All faculty and staff able to work on campus subject to density and Public Health guidelines.
Visitors: Visitors allowed on campus subject to density and Public Health guidelines.

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Contact

COVID-19

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000