Date: April 15, 2021
From: Kevin Shoemaker, Acting Associate Vice-President (Research)
Subject: Continued Vigilance For Research During Stay-at-Home Order.
As we enter the second week of a province-wide stay-at-home order, I want to provide some reminders to ensure the safety of our research community.
Research continues at a reduced rate on campus. Your continued vigilance is appreciated and critically important to our efforts to protect peers, friends and families. Thank you.
We are all keen to return to some sense of normalcy. To successfully do so, we must not let down our guard at this pivotal juncture.
As a reminder, when working on campus, please:
- Complete your return-to-work questionnaire on a daily basis.
- Complete your own research space’s checklist and entry protocols for tracking purposes.
- Wear three-ply masks provided by the university when inside or near others.
- Wear safety goggles—and potentially face shields, as recommended by supervisors—when it is necessary to work within two metres of another person.
- Eat and rest only in designated areas, while maintaining guidelines for physical distancing and mask use (masks are only to be removed to take a bite/sip).
- No face-to-face participant research, exercise-based activities or field studies are permitted, unless approved by the Dean’s office and the office of the Vice-President (Research).
- Ensure occupancy in Western’s research spaces remains at 30 per cent or below.
When in doubt, think safety first. Spot checks may be conducted by members of our community or by the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
Additional resources are available through ongoing university-wide notices and research-related updates from Western Research. Please also direct any additional questions to your Associate Dean (Research) and/or departmental delegate.