Fanshawe shutting down campuses due to COVID-19

Fanshawe College at 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd in London. (File photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

Fanshawe College has announced it will close all of its campuses by the end of the day Tuesday.

The post-secondary institution stated the move is meant to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect students, staff, and the five communities Fanshawe calls home. On-site services will be halted until further notice.

All student support services can be accessed either online or by phone. A list of those services and contact points has been posted to the college’s website. The student wellness centre, athletics and recreation facilities within the college were closed Monday afternoon.

School officials are encouraging all students who live in residence to return home, but for those who choose to stay, reduced food service options will remain available.

Online learning for students will begin on Monday.

Western University’s campus remains open. However, school officials have indicated they will be moving to a “required services model” as of Thursday. The step will allow some of the university’s employees to work off campus. Courses have shifted online for the rest of the term and the university’s residences and dining halls remain open for students who cannot return home due to travel restrictions, health, or personal circumstances.