COVID-19 Scaling Framework


The COVID-19 Scaling Framework has been developed to guide safety planning, decision making, and priority setting. The framework identifies four levels independently applied to ten categories of on-campus operations and activities.

Movement of categories along the scale is led by the Pandemic Recovery Steering Group (PRSG), who takes into account government regulations (all levels), public health updates, and the institutional landscape.

The framework guides the university in situations when nuanced decision making is possible and enables sound operational decisions to be made in a timely manner.

Levels of Impact at a Glance

  • Critical: Essential services with strict protocols.
  • High: Required services, student and academic focused, with strict protocols.
  • Moderate: Expanded services with moderate protocols.
  • Low: Resumption of normal university operations.

Please know that a Continuity of Education plan has been developed in the event of a provincial lock down.

Below are COVID-19 policies, which must be adhered for all categories that follow. Please utilize the policy hyperlinks to learn more what this looks like at Laurier.

Policy Status
Physical Distancing 2,3,4 Recommended
Face Covering Required in instructional spaces
Self Monitor Recommended
Vaccination Policy Paused
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Scaling Framework: Levels of Impact

Updated: March 23, 2022

Category Current Status Critical High Moderate1,3 Low
Waterloo Brantford
Physical Campus Access Low Low
  • Restricted access.
  • Restricted access.
  • Controlled access for all employees
  • Open access to all users within building hours.
Course Delivery4 Low Low
  • Remote instruction (with specific exceptions).
  • Remote instruction. Limited on-campus instruction with restrictions.
  • Primarily remote instructions with increasing on-campus instruction with some restrictions.
  • Primarily on-campus instruction with minor restrictions.
Cleaning4 Moderate Moderate
  • Enhanced cleaning of occupied spaces only.
  • Enhanced cleaning of occupied spaces only.
  • Enhanced cleaning for high-touch areas.
  • Regular cleaning.
Employees Low Low
  • Work from home.
  • Essential employees on-campus only.
  • Work from home.
  • Additional on-site work for functions that are best done on-campus (as allowable per square footage of space).
  • Increased on-site work as services expand on-campus or to accomodate teaching and service needs.
  • Working on-campus or under flexible working arrangements.
Residence Low Low
  • Accommodations: Limited capacity with elevated restrictions.
  • Dining: Take-out, pick-up, and restricted seating (in line with Public Health regulations).
  • Accommodations: Limited capacity with restrictions.
  • Residence dining: Take-out, pick-up, and controlled seating (as allowable per  square footage of space).
  • Accommodations: reduced capacity and common space use (as allowable per square footage of space).
  • Residence Dining: Open with minor restrictions on service style and seating.
  • Accommodation: Full capacity with restrictions on guest access.
  • Residence Dining: Open in line with Provincial guidelines. 
Student Service Delivery Low Low
  • Remote services.
  • Primarily remote, with some student and academic services on-campus.
  • Permitted in-person with some restrictions.
  • Permitted with minor restrictions.
Campus Amenities Low Low
  • Closed for all in-person services.
  • Food Services: Take-out, pick-up or delivery.
  • Open with high restrictions
  • Retail Food Services: Take-out, pick-up or delivery.
  • Open with moderate restrictions
  • Retail Food Services: Minor service restrictions, and limited seating.
  • Catering: Currently on hold.
  • Open with minor restrictions.
  • Vaccination verification required on entry as per Public Health guidelines.
Research Activities Moderate Moderate
  • Restricted to completion of essential research (maximum 2 researchers without human participants).
  • Approved domestic research and human participant research, with restrictions.
  • Resumption of international field research, with restrictions.
  • Fully resumed.
Meetings4 Low Low
  • Virtual.
  • Preferred virtual.
  • In-person meetings may be conducted by individuals approved to be working on-campus only with appropriate restrictions.
  • Permitted in designated spaces with policy restrictions.
  • Fully resumed with policy restrictions (hospitality service limited to seated only).
Events on Campus4 Low Low
  • None.
  • In-person events are strongly discouraged; all events should be virtual.
  • Exceptional cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and require VP endorsement.
  • Only institutionally significant events endorsed by a VP and in line with Public Health guidelines are permitted.
  • Must be in-line with Public Health guidelines.
  • Active vaccination verification required as per Public Health guidelines.
  • Functions requiring hospitality service limited to seated only.
Visitors Low Low
  • None.
  • Restricted to supporting approved on-campus activities only.
  • Some visitor/public activities open as approved.
  • Open access while adhering to all policies noted above (face covering, screening, and vaccination) 
Travel Low Low
  • None.
  • International Travel is strongly discouraged, and any exceptional requests will require prior approval from the applicable vice-president or equivalent. Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, including a risk assessment.
  • Domestic travel for business and academic purposes may be permitted if deemed necessary as a means to carry out university business and/or research.
  • All domestic travel must align with local Public Health directives.
  • Discretionary international travel for business, academic, or research purposes must be approved by the appropriate VP.
  • Domestic travel in line with local public health is permitted.
  • Must be in-line with Public Health guidelines.
  • Some restrictions may apply to specific international destinations.

1 Space restrictions in "Moderate" will be determined by the square footage in accordance with the “Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.”

2 In addition to "Moderate" space restrictions, there may be elevated capacity limits as defined by the “Reopening Ontario Act (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.”

3 Physical distancing requirements may be different based on the type of activity (i.e. fitness centre); please see physical distancing guideline.

4 For additional information on these categories, visit the COVID-19 SHERM Resource page (login required for employee-only resources).