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Concordia recommends masking on campus

Health guidelines updated as winter sets in

Concordia has offered recommendations to help students protect themselves against COVID-19. File photo Caroline Marsh

Concordia has recommended that all students wear masks on campus again, whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Following recent recommendations from Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé, the university informed students of what they can do to keep themselves and those around them safe on November 18 via email.

The changes come in the wake of sharp increases in the number of hospitalizations caused by respiratory viruses in Quebec. These include COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus. The latest infected young children at a higher rate than usual.

“With cold weather comes the ‘cold season’. Respiratory infection cases are on the rise,” Concordia Provost Anne Whitelaw and President Graham Carr said in the email. “We continue to monitor public health recommendations and will share any further updates to the guidelines for the Concordia community.”

Students have been advised to wear masks on campus, stay home if they have symptoms, and get flu and COVID-19 shots. Masks and hand sanitizer will remain available on campus for the time being, although it appears some distributors have not been recharged.

Free flu shots will be available on campus for those who meet the provincial criteria for early vaccination on November 22. To book a COVID-19 or flu vaccine outside of Concordia, visit the Clic Santé du Québec portal.