Coronavirus: University of Regina cancels spring convocation amid COVID-19 pandemic

The University of Regina announced that spring convocation is cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The University of Regina announced that spring convocation is cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. File / Global News

The University of Regina has announced the cancellation of spring convocation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision comes as another safety precaution the university is taking, as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province.

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The cancellation of the ceremony will not affect when students will receive their diplomas and degrees.

“We were all really disappointed, but [not] necessarily surprised” said Keyleen Sawatzky, a fourth-year university student after receiving the news that her convocation ceremony will not being going forward.

The U of R also informed students today that campus buildings will be closed every day at 8 p.m. in order to remain social distancing practices.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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