The Crisis Management Team (CMT) together with EDC and teams across the Royal College are closely monitoring updates on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for our staff, volunteers and Fellows as the situation evolves.
CMT is also in regular communications with partners and stakeholders to ensure that any decisions regarding travel and mass gatherings are consistent. The situation is changing daily, and as a result, we will be sharing updates regularly.
CMT recognizes that this is a very difficult time with the situation changing daily. Exams are still being conducted to current schedule. We will be informing exam candidates later this afternoon that if they are unable to sit their spring exam (due to quarantine, illness/self-quarantine, or leave restrictions at their hospital as a result of COVID-19 protocols), the following option is available to them:
- Defer their 2020 exam until the next sitting of the exam and receive a full refund of their exam fee without losing an examination attempt, and without impacting their exam eligibility for subsequent attempts.
Any business travel to Level 3 countries is not allowed. EDC is closely monitoring and following the World Health Organization and the Government of Canada’s recommendations regarding travel and will re-evaluate this situation daily. We will advise you if there are any changes. If you have returned from any personal travel, in particular from high-risk countries, and are showing signs of illness, please self-quarantine. If you decide to travel to any of the Level 3 countries, the Royal College would require you to self-quarantine for 14 days. In this case, we encourage you to take advantage of our flex working arrangements.
Also note volunteers will receive further guidance and direction around working for the Royal College.
How to keep safe and healthy
Now and always during cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick. Encourage those you know are sick to stay home until they no longer have symptoms.
Fight germs! Wash your hands frequently using soap and water; use hand-sanitizer when handwashing is not an option; and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Learn more.
Practice safe workspaces. Wipe down your workstation, meeting spaces and lunch-room tables after you are finished using them. Disinfectant wipes will be made available to all staff (from Anita Herweyer at Lansdowne, Andre St-Pierre in the Annex building or the Corporate Services and Facility Management office at Echo).
Flex your hours. If you care for someone at higher risk for infection or just can’t risk getting sick because of family obligations, you are encouraged to take advantage of our flex working arrangements. If working from home is more suitable to you, then please do so. Just keep in touch with your supervisor and make sure to take care yourself and family.
Go virtual. Whether it’s a team meeting, a one-on-one or a lunch n’ learn, please remember to add a teleconference bridge, Webex or Go-to-Meeting to your meeting invitations. Make it easy for employees to stay connected. Please note: if you prefer to avoid mass gatherings, the Town Hall on Thursday is optional for in-person attendance; it will be recorded so you can view it later.
Make sure that you get high-quality information about COVID-19 from reliable sources. The information on the Government of Canada website is clear, easy to use and up-to-date:
The Executive Directors’ Committee and Crisis Management Team is now connecting daily, to keep abreast of the ever-changing situation to ensure that everyone is informed and safe.