As of Canada Day, Centennial College is no longer requiring people to wear a mask on its campuses.
While the province lifted mask requirements in most public settings March 21, the college noted that “on advice from health partners and after conferring with Ontario’s college leaders” it opted to keep its masking mandate.
But it added that “we did commit at the time to continue to monitor the situation and reassess as applicable. We are now following through on that commitment. ”
With the province removing the last of its mask mandates (except for long-term care and retirement homes) in June, the college noted that “many universities and colleges have, or are now lifting, their mask mandates.”
“Consequently, we have decided to make mask-wearing optional inside all campuses and College-owned facilities as of … July 1.”
In its news release, the college assured that it “will remain a mask-friendly environment where everyone is free to make the best decision for themselves. Please respect each other’s choice and support those who remain anxious in crowded areas. Given the past two-plus years, understandably this is not an easy adjustment to make. ”
Students who are feeling uncomfortable about the move or might need help making the adjustment are urged to contact the college’s Center for Accessible Learning and Counseling Services (CALCS).
Students who test positive or are having COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 are urged to stay at home.
“Advise your Program Chair and discuss any accommodations you may require,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the college stresses it remains vigilant and is still taking precautions.
“We will continue to maintain enhanced ventilation systems and cleaning procedures, and follow directives from government and public health officials while consulting with our Ontario provincial college partners,” college officials said in a statement.
“Given the past two years, please be reassured that we have robust plans and processes in place to implement immediately if we are ever required to adapt and pivot.”