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.

The Laurier community will receive notifications regarding any updates to the campus status to support their planning of on-campus activities. Please use the links within the tables for more detailed information on each category.

Please know that a Continuity of Education plan has been developed in the event of a provincial lock down. Further information can be found on our website.

Below are COVID-19 government mandated 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 3,4,5,6 Required
Face Covering Policy 2,6 Required
COVID-19 Daily Screening Self‑Assessment Required
Vaccination Mandate Mandatory for on‑campus activity

Scaling Framework: Levels of Impact

Updated: September 13, 2021

Category Current Status Critical High5 Moderate4 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 Delivery1,6 Moderate Moderate
  • 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 no restrictions.
Cleaning6 Moderate Moderate
  • Enhanced cleaning of occupied spaces only.
  • Enhanced cleaning of occupied spaces only.
  • Enhanced cleaning for high-touch areas.
  • Regular cleaning.
Employees Moderate Moderate
  • 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).
  • Phased transition period back to campuses.
  • Increased on-site work as services expand on-campus or to accomodate teaching and service needs.
  • Working on-campus.
Residence Moderate Moderate
  • 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* in common spaces.
  • Residence Dining: Open in line with Provincial guidelines. 
Student Service Delivery Moderdate Moderate
  • Remote services.
  • Primarily remote, with some student and academic services on-campus.
  • Permitted in-person with some limitations.
  • Permitted with minor limitations.
Campus Amenities8 Moderdate Moderdate
  • 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, limited seating, and catering resumed in controlled manner
  • Open with minor limitations
Research Activities High High
  • 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.
Meetings6 High High
  • 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.
Events on Campus6 Moderate Moderate
  • None.
  • None.
  • 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.
Visitors7 Moderate Moderate
  • None.
  • Restricted to supporting approved on-campus activities only.
  • Some visitor/public activities open as approved.
  • Open access.
Travel Moderate Moderate
  • None.
  • Discretionary travel for business and academic purposes strongly discouraged.
  • Domestic travel for research purposes may be approved.
  • 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 Course delivery mode will not change in the middle of the term.

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

3 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.”

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

5 Exemptions may apply, see Face Covering Policy 7.22.

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

7 Visitors to campus will be required to complete the Qualtrics Self-Assessment Survey.

8 Please visit the various campus amenity links directly for additional information on the services they are providing at this time.