Updated provincial isolation requirements

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced updated requirements for anyone travelling to the province. Effective 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, all fully vaccinated travellers need to isolate for five days upon arrival. They also need to take a rapid test every day for five days and, if all are negative, they can leave isolation after five full days or 120 hours have passed.

Anyone arriving in the province who visited a post-secondary campus outside Newfoundland and Labrador in the last 14 days and who is fully vaccinated must abide by the isolation requirements above and must also complete an arrival PCR test. If both the PCR test and five rapid tests are negative, they can leave isolation after five full days have passed.

Planning ahead is important as isolation will present extra challenges for students with shared accommodations. Please plan accordingly to determine the best course of action.

To support students who will be required to isolate for five days, Memorial is requiring all current NL residents who have not travelled outside the province returning to residence who DO NOT need to isolate, to delay their return to campus until Jan. 9.

For those who need to isolate, the scheduled move in date for Macpherson and Burtons Pond residence students is Jan. 4 exclusively. It will not be feasible to support on-campus self-isolation for students who arrive on dates other than Jan. 4. In these cases, students are referred to hotels with discounted rates and they can avail of the bursary to assist if costs are prohibitive. More information is below including information for Signal Hill, Paton College and Grenfell Campus students is below.

Where costs may be incurred for isolation off campus by students, and this expense is cost prohibitive, a bursary is available to help subsidize the costs. On campus accommodations will be at no extra cost.

Memorial is making a bursary up to a maximum of $450 per student available for on or off campus students who incur expenses related to accommodations and food incurred while in mandatory isolation in relation to the province’s 5-day isolation order. To request this support, please see details here.

Here are details for residence students at each location:

  • At Signal Hill Campus (SHC), current residents (i.e. already have a room) who are returning to St. John’s can complete isolation on site. Returning students need to email shacc@mun.ca as soon as possible to indicate when they will be returning. Upon returning they will be allowed to isolate in their rooms and will have to avail of isolation housing food services at an incurred cost. Students will receive more direction once they email their plans.

    Students arriving over the holidays at SHC for the first time (i.e. who did not previously have a room) will need to isolate off-campus. Self-isolation locations at hotels with discounted rates while isolating has been negotiated. Students will incur a cost for a hotel stay and associated meals and should refer to bursary information if these costs are prohibitive. If a new student emails by Dec. 23, they may be accommodated at Signal Hill Isolation Housing Services beginning Jan. 5. Isolation Housing Services and bookings at SHC will resume at that time. More information about this process can be found on the arrivals page of the Internationalization Office.
  • Macpherson College – if only one student of a pair who share a washroom requires isolation, the student can return to their residence room on Jan. 4 unless the other student remained on campus for the winter break. In circumstances where both students are returning or where one remained on campus, alternate arrangements will be required. Contact student residence staff to discuss options by contacting housing@mun.ca. Students can expect further communication from residence staff about guidance for returning to campus. All students in Macpherson already have a meal plan, these meals can be delivered to their rooms.

  • Grenfell Residences –Subsidized hotel accommodations and limited on-campus accommodations will be available for self-isolating Grenfell students. To be accommodated on-campus, students must have pre-approval from student housing by emailing grenfellhousing@grenfell.mun.ca and arrive in Corner Brook on Jan 4, 2022. For subsidized hotel rooms students are encouraged to arrive in Corner Brook on or before Jan. 4 or 5 to finish the required 5 day (120 hour) isolation prior to the start of classes. Grenfell Campus will communicate more details to its students shortly.

  • Burtons Pond Apartments – if only one student of a pair who share an apartment requires isolation, the student can return to their apartment unless the other student remained on campus for the winter break. In circumstances where both students are returning or where one remained on campus, alternate arrangements will be required. Contact student residence staff to discuss options by contacting housing@mun.ca. Students can expect further communication from residence staff about guidance for returning to campus. Burtons Pond students typically would not have a meal plan and will prepare their own meals in their kitchen. Food delivery is the responsibility of the student.

  • Paton College residences – due to the shared nature of washroom facilities, students returning to Paton College residences must complete their isolation off campus before returning to residence. Self-isolation locations at hotels with discounted rates has been negotiated. Students will incur a cost for a hotel stay and associated meals and should refer to bursary information if these costs are prohibitive.
  • Off campus students must ensure plans are in place to meet the isolation requirements and these students may not have suitable accommodations to self-isolate if they have roommates and share facilities such as bathrooms. Self-isolation locations at hotels with discounted rates has been negotiated. Students will incur a cost for a hotel stay and associated meals and should refer to bursary information if these costs are prohibitive.

These options meet provincial requirements for self-isolation and provide safe and cost effective ways for students to self-isolate while minimizing disruption and ensuring campus safety.

Please continue to monitor the provincial government and Memorial websites, social media and your university email account as these requirements could change again without notice. FAQs can also be found here.

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