On September 15, 2021, the Alberta government introduced new temporary measures to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on the healthcare system.
Post-secondary institutions have not been included in the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) but instead qualifying institutions like the University of Lethbridge have been granted permission by the Government of Alberta to continue with their teaching, research and community outreach activities.
The U of L has consistently made decisions that have gone beyond, and have been implemented before, provincial health directives. This includes a masking mandate and the announcement of a vaccine requirement to be on our Lethbridge campus as of November 1, 2021. These rules are applied across all user groups, including students, staff, faculty and external community members, whether they are attending an event, participating in a University program or utilizing one of our facilities.
It is the responsibility of individual event organizers to ensure the necessary controls are in place and to manage the following requirements at their event:
Attendees must maintain a physical distance of two metres at all times. Although physical distancing requirements are being waived in learning environments, the exemption does not apply to social events and activities.
As the consumption of food and drink requires the removal of mandatory face coverings, food service is only allowed if attendees can remain two metres apart during consumption.
Until October 31, 2021, attendees 12 years of age and older who are asymptomatic are required to provide proof:
they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two doses, two weeks after second dose), or
they have a negative rapid test result completed within the last 72 hour