On September 7, 2021, by way of regulation, the Ford Conservatives exempted the province’s universities from the current, Stage 3, public health COVID-19 rules that require physical distancing and capacity limits indoors for all in-class instruction.
They made this decision without meaningfully consulting with workers and student organizations. And they made this decision without acknowledging that the Delta variant is extremely contagious and can spread and infect even the vaccinated.
The reality is that while Ontario’s post-secondary institutions have mandatory proof of vaccination and masking policies, these measures alone are not enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. We need additional measures, like physical distancing requirements, capacity limits, and enhanced funding to improve ventilation and improve cleaning standards, to keep students and the 30,000 CUPE Ontario support and academic workers on campuses safe.