Hamilton’s Mohawk College to suspend all COVID-related safety measures

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Published March 31, 2022 at 12:16 pm

Hamilton's Mohawk College suspending all COVID-related safety measures
Hamilton's Mohawk College announced Thursday that all COVID-related safety measures will be suspended in the coming weeks, including vaccination and mask mandates. (Mohawk College photo)

Hamilton’s Mohawk College announced Thursday (Mar. 31) that all COVID-related safety measures will be suspended in the coming weeks.

As of Apr. 18, vaccination and mask mandates will no longer be in effect on Mohawk campuses. Mandatory daily health screening will also be suspended.

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Mohawk’s pandemic-related measures will be paused more than a week before Hamilton’s other post-secondary institution does the same. McMaster University announced last week that it will pause its COVID-19 vaccine policy and mask requirement for the spring and summer terms, starting May 1.

McMaster chose to extend its vaccination policy and mask protocols beyond the province’s timeframe in an effort, it said, to provide “a more stable environment for students, staff, and faculty.”

Daily screening, through the university’s online ‘MacCheck’, will also no longer be required but anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is urged to stay home.

Mohawk says it will continue to monitor the situation with the pandemic and adjust its plans if conditions change or they receive new direction from public health authorities. Access controls and measures, such as mandatory masking and the college’s vaccination policy, could be reinstated on short notice if conditions change.

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