Updated Nov. 2, 2020

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Entry into New Brunswick & self-isolation after the December break

Any student who travels outside the Atlantic Bubble (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland & Labrador) during the December break will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to the Bubble. This means you must stay inside your place of residence and avoid physical contact with other people for 14 days.

Letter of Acknowledgement

In addition, students who leave the Atlantic Bubble are now required to present a Letter of Acknowledgement from Mount Allison at the border in order to re-enter New Brunswick.

The letter confirms you are required to be in the province to study, that your individualized self-isolation plan has been approved by Mount Allison, and that Mount Allison has obtained all other relevant information from you prior to your arrival.  
To receive a Letter of Acknowledgment:

The Letter of Acknowledgement will be sent to you by e-mail once approved. Please allow three to five business days to receive your letter. 

As a reminder:

  • the final day of exams is Dec. 12, 2020
  • residences close for the term at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2020
  • the start of the winter term has been moved to Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 to allow those who are travelling enough time to self-isolate upon their return


Entering New Brunswick
The Government of New Brunswick has an online registration form for entrance into the province: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/travel-registration.html

You must complete this form if you have travelled outside the Atlantic region in the 14 days prior to your arrival or if you are entering the province from outside the Atlantic region.

Students must also have the following documentation to show at the border: 

  • a Letter of Acknowledgement from Mount Allison to prove they are entering the province to study; students must fill out the self-isolation plan registration form by Dec. 14, 2020 in order to receive a Letter of Acknowledgement
  • a copy of your self-isolation plan, including detailed information about where you will be living, how you can be reached, how you plan to secure food and provisions during the isolation period, contact information of a friend or family member in the event of an emergency, etc.
  • a copy of your lease is recommended for off-campus students

Additional information for international students on entry into Canada can be found on our international students info page.

Self-isolation in residence
Residence students will have the option of self-isolating in residence after the December break.

  • Students who plan to self-isolate in residence must re-enter residence on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2.
  • The self-isolation period in residence will end for all students, regardless of arrival date, on Jan. 16 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Students who are not required to self-isolate can re-enter residence on Jan. 17.

Self-isolation for off-campus students
Mount Allison is required by federal and provincial regulations to check in regularly with students during their 14-day self-isolation period. In order to facilitate this process:

  • Students who are self-isolating off-campus must return to Mount Allison between Jan. 1 and Jan. 17.   

Off-campus students who have travelled outside the Atlantic Bubble over the December break and who must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return should:

  • Make arrangements for 14 days of food and provisions before you arrive. Local grocery stores offer online order services. Local taxi companies provide food delivery service. The Tantramar COVID-19 Task Force helps to meet the needs of community members, including grocery deliveries, prescription pick-ups, etc. Find out more about available help and resources on the Town of Sackville website.
  • Grocery options:
    • Rose's Independent Grocer, 75 Main St., (506) 536-1349 — For pick-up or delivery, visit pcexpress.ca. Choose the delivery option from Sackville Cab when placing your order (or have a friend who is not self-isolating pick up and deliver).
    • Sackville Foodland, 11 Wright St., (506) 536-0679 — E-mail fl9299mgr@sobeys.com with your specific order. Include your name, contact number, and location. You will be called about payment information — Visa or Mastercard only. You will be asked about delivery options when called — Squires Courtesy Cab will deliver or you can ask a friend who is not self-isolating to pick your order up.
  • Restaurants that deliver:  

If your roommate/housemate needs to self-isolate:

  • Provincial regulations state that you must self-monitor but not self-isolate. This means that you must maintain a 2-metre distance from your roommate/housemate, use a separate bathroom (if possible), and monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID19.
  • You may still leave your house/apartment to go to work, to pick up essential items and run essential errands, but you should not participate in any public gatherings or have visitors in your home. For more information, read the Government of New Brunswick guidelines for self-isolation.

Self-isolation requirements for parents
Parents bringing students into New Brunswick are required to self-isolate upon arrival for 14 days or until they leave New Brunswick, unless they are residents of Atlantic Canada. Parents should comply with the public health guidance of their own area when returning to their home.

Self-isolation requirements 

For more information on self-isolation requirements, visit:   

Staying in residence during the December break

As in past years, Housing is offering a December break housing option for residence students who are unable to return home for the break. All students will stay in Hunton House over the break, from Dec. 14 to Jan. 16.

Meals are not normally provided during this period, but because of the exceptional circumstances the dining hall will continue to operate and deliver meals throughout the break. The cost of the residence stay and meals is $450.

Residence life

Life in residence is a foundational experience for many Mount Allison students. However, the very things that make residence so cherished and fun (e.g. gathering in groups for social, academic, and leisure activities) also create opportunities for the spread of COVID-19.

In order to reduce the risk of transmission, and the risk of a major outbreak, as well as to adhere to Public Health requirements and recommendations, a number of new measures have been put in place in residences this year.

These measures are reviewed regularly and adjusted to reflect any ongoing changes to Public Health guidelines as well as the situation on campus and in the community.


  • All rooms are singles.
  • Masks are required outside of rooms
  • 2-metre physical distancing must be maintained
  • No outside visitors are permitted in residence
  • One in-house visitor at a time is permitted per room
  • Residence lounges are open 24/7; physical distancing, masks, and capacity limits still apply; common areas have been reconfigured to adhere to physical distancing
  • Consumption of alcohol is not permitted in lounges
  • Kitchens are open a limited number of hours per day; a sign-up sheet system is in place to co-ordinate kitchen access
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols of washrooms, common areas, etc. have been implemented

Dining hall

The dining hall is operating as normal with changes implemented to follow Public Health protocols. Due to limited seating, access to Jennings Hall is limited to residence students only for 2020-2021. No off-campus meal plans are available.

  • The number of seats has been reduced in Jennings and changes to food stations have been implemented.
  • No “self-serve” options are available. Jennings staff are assigned to all stations and serve students individually according to what and how much they want.
  • A new “dash express” station is located upstairs in Jennings for students to have quick take-out options without entering the main dining hall downstairs.
  • There is meal service for lunch and dinner at Gracie’s to reduce traffic at Jennings.
  • The dining hall is offering dine in and dine out. Residents can use reuseable containers to take food from Jennings back to their rooms.
  • The dining hall is open seven days a week, opening at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends. Regular food service ends at 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends, but from Sunday to Thursday a new express station with ready-to-go options remains open until 10 p.m. The earlier closure allows Jennings staff to thoroughly clean the building before re-opening the next day.