At the end of April, the Government of Quebec gave universities the go-ahead to start the necessary analysis and planning to resume research activities that had been suspended due to COVID-19 crisis response measures. The government also authorized universities to resume their infrastructure construction projects at the pace they deem appropriate.
Over the past weeks, a cross-sectional working group representing all Concordia faculties and sectors has been hard at work with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to develop a carefully staggered and gradual return-to-campus plan.
The continued health and safety of the Concordia community remain our first priorities. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to adhere rigorously to all public health directives and carefully consider the sanitization and subsequent use of shared spaces such as stairs, elevators and eating areas.
Security, safety and cleaning procedures have been developed in accordance with Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail protocols and requirements.
Concordia is carrying out its return-to-campus plan in several phases.
Starting the week of May 25, the university implemented the pilot phase of its return-to-campus plan with a small number of labs in health, natural sciences, engineering and seasonal research re-opening.
Since then, Concordia has reopened more than 170 labs in all four faculties, as well as limited facilities in the PERFORM Centre. The re-openings include research labs on both the Sir George Williams and Loyola campuses.
The university’s goal is to open the majority of its research labs that require onsite access by the end of July. This plan remains subject to several factors, though, many of which are beyond Concordia’s control.
To maintain physical distancing, the university anticipates that individuals who can perform their research remotely, or who work in computer-based labs, will continue working remotely until further notice.
With this expected increase of foot traffic on campus, we have put in place two new processes to help us manage the flow of individuals and maintain health and safety protocols, including physical distancing.
Those designated to resume or support research activities will be notified by their manager/supervisor. More information is available on Cspace.
Your support and collaboration are appreciated to ensure our collective health and safety in these extraordinary times. Please contact EHS@concordia.ca for any questions or concerns.