March 12 Update | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates | UNB

COVID-19 Update

March 12, 2020

We acknowledge and understand the heightened awareness surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing concern for members in our community. The safety and well-being of all members of the UNB community is our utmost concern.

There are no reported risks to our campuses in Saint John, Fredericton nor our Moncton site. UNB is actively working with Public Health to ensure that a comprehensive and integrated response to reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreak is in place on our campuses.

UNB will act on the direction and advice of our public health officials when potential risks occur.

We would like to reassure everyone that UNB is taking the threat of COVID-19 to our community very seriously. You may notice changes on our campuses as we begin to implement COVID-19 response plans.

UNB students

Travel is restricted for all UNB undergraduate and graduate students travelling under UNB supported programs which include exchanges, travel study, summer schools, field schools, research, and conferences.  

Until further notice, travel restrictions apply to the following countries/regions:

  • China
  • Europe
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Middle East

All students travelling to an unrestricted country on a UNB sanctioned trip must obtain advance approval from the faculty dean and the Office of Global Learning and Engagement. The student approval process will be shared with the faculties in the coming days.  

As the situation continues to evolve, new travel information and precautions are becoming available. The Public Health Agency of Canada is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in other countries and has listed the latest travel advice for a number of areas.  

Students will be travelling at their own risk. We recommend students review travel advisories and UNB announcements prior to booking travel and purchase a refundable ticket as new travel warnings are continually added as the situation changes. Students are responsible for any additional expenses should travel be interrupted because of the virus spread. 

We truly appreciate your efforts, understanding and commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment for our University community.

UNB faculty and staff

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population of Canada.

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve around the world and here at home, the university has decided that all faculty, postdocs and staff travel for university purposes is cancelled to countries with a PHAC travel health notice related to COVID-19 at any risk level, 1-4 inclusive.

Additionally, we ask that faculty, postdocs and staff limit all other non-essential university travel. This includes both domestic and international travel. Travel restrictions will remain in place until further notice. We would ask that all faculty supervising postdocs forward this information to them.

Changes regarding COVID-19 have been rapid. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work together to ensure the safety of all during this time.