In a communiqué to the McGill community on March 23, Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning), updated people on the most recent developments regarding the University’s COVID-19 measures.
Labeau reiterated that while University campuses may be physically closed, many McGill resources for students are still available remotely. These services include:
As traveling restrictions tighten, Labeau encouraged international students who are still in Canada, but wish to return home, to contact their home country consulate to obtain the necessary information and instructions.
He also announced the suspension of the shuttle bus service between the downtown and Macdonald campuses beginning March 25.
Labeau closed his communiqué by stressing the importance of strictly limiting contact with others – even though it is counterintuitive in such a difficult time.
“Social distancing is hard, especially when we’re feeling stressed or scared or lonely. It is a cruel irony that we need our friends and family now more than ever,” he said. “Technology can do wonders for breaking the isolation; even something as simple as a phone call can lift the spirits on a difficult day. Although it’s essential that we stay in touch, it is crucial that we respect the government’s ban on in-person gatherings and continue to take key hygiene precautions. As a result, all McGill in-person events, on or off campus, are cancelled until June 5. These measures are the only ways we can ‘flatten the curve’ — and the sooner we do that, the sooner we can get back together.
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