Concordia Announces Students Must Leave Residences This Weekend, McGill Suggests The Same
"Students will not be required to be physically on campus for the rest of the Winter 2020 term."
- In an effort to keep students safe, Montreal's Concordia University has announced that all students must leave their residences by March 22.
- McGill University has made no formal announcement but has reminded students that they have no reason to still be on campus.
More measures are being taken by universities in Montreal to fight COVID-19 in Quebec. Montreal's Concordia University has announced that students must move out of their university residences by end-of-day Sunday, March 22 in an effort to further slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus. McGill University has yet to formally request that students leave campus, but have informed students that there is no need to "be physically on campus for the rest of the Winter 2020 term."
The most recent count of confirmed cases in Quebec has reached 94, with one recent case travelling between Angrignon and McGill metro stations, on the STM Green line. The infected person used the metro on March 10 between 10:55 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.
Anyone who expects they were using the metro during this time on Tuesday, March 10 should now monitor themselves for symptoms, such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, until Tuesday, March 24.
There are now 690 cases of the coronavirus in Canada and 9 people have died as a result.
Governments continue to ask people to practice social distancing and stay home whenever possible to reduce the potential for spread by those who are carrying the virus without any symptoms.
It is for this reason, as well, that Concordia decided it was time to send as many students home as possible by this Sunday, March 22.
Exceptions "will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis" for those with circumstances preventing them from leaving "by the March 22 deadline or at all."
Concordia also notes that "leaving residence will not affect students’ ability to complete their term," as the school is making efforts to provide course delivery and assessment modes starting Monday, March 23.
McGill University's most recent update did not explicitly request that students evacuate their residences at this time. However, they have made it clear that remaining on campus is not required.
In an update published Wednesday night, Deputy Provost Fabrice Labeau explained that "there will be no in-person classes and no in-person sit-down examinations for this term. It has also been confirmed that the term will not be extended. As such, students will not be required to be physically on campus for the rest of the Winter 2020 term."
To learn more about what actions the government is taking to protect Quebecers from the coronavirus, you can visit the government's website here.