What Montreal’s “red zone” COVID-19 alert means for Concordia

Read a message from Anne Whitelaw, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and Roger Coté, Vice-President, Services
September 28, 2020
By Anne Whitelaw and Roger Coté

Dear colleagues,

As you are no doubt aware, as of midnight on September 30, the Montreal Metropolitan Community is moving from “orange” to “red” in terms of COVID-19 alert zones. Quebec’s public health authorities have asked that Quebeckers, especially those in “red” zones, cancel any plans for social gatherings from October 1 to 28, stay home as much as possible, and avoid non-essential travel, all in the interest of stemming the spread of the virus and the accompanying strain on the hospital network.

What does this mean for Concordia? Based on what we know today, given the stringent health and safety measures already in place to protect the members of our community, and the fact that we continue to follow all public health protocols, very little must change in the way the university is currently operating.

In-person activities on campus will continue to be delivered as planned. Employees currently working from home will continue to do so until further notice.

Research labs will continue to operate as they do now. Faculty offices as well as certain studios and teaching labs remain accessible, with anyone coming to campus needing to complete both a Moodle training on COVID-19 and a self-evaluation form before doing so.

Reserved study spaces in the Library will remain available to those students who need them, as will the Library’s contactless book pick-up, eReserves, and ‘Scan and Deliver’ services.

Any faculty and staff member currently coming to campus for work, instruction or research purposes can continue to do so. Travelling for work is considered essential.

As we move to a “red” zone, it remains critically important for members of the Concordia community to follow all health and safety protocols while on campus.

We know that the move to “red” may be causing additional stress at a time when there is already a high level of anxiety in our population. Please know that we are here to help you in any way that we can, and that many resources are available to support your wellbeing.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. Please check Concordia’s COVID-19 information page, which is updated regularly. Any questions you may have can be directed to

Keep well,

Roger Coté
Vice-President, Services
Anne Whitelaw
Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic

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