GNB decision to lift COVID-19 mandates will not affect STU campus restrictions

    (Aaron Sousa/AQ)

    All New Brunswick COVID-19 restrictions will come to an end by March 14, said Premier Blaine Higgs in a press briefing on Feb. 24. These restrictions include gathering limits, indoor and outdoor masking as well as mandatory isolation. 

    Prior to the removal of all restrictions, the proof of vaccination requirement will be dropped at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 28, said Higgs. 

    Dawn Russell, St. Thomas University’s president, said in an email to students on Friday around 3:30 p.m. that STU’s restrictions including masking, distancing and hand sanitizing will remain in place until the end of the semester and exams. 

    “It is important to focus on continuity and stability rather than launch a series of changes,” she wrote. 

    The statement also said there may be restriction adjustments in the coming weeks in areas like the dining hall and J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre. 

    “If we continue with our current classroom operations and leave our health and safety measures in place, we can all stay focused on our academic work and completing the year successfully,” wrote Russell.