Celebrate Safely This St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day this week, U of G reminds all those planning to celebrate to do so safely and to be considerate of others, including emergency responders.

We’re all part of the same community — remember that your choices affect others, too. This week is also March break, which means children and their families will be spending more time outside in community neighbourhoods. City police and by-law officers will have an increased presence as they do their jobs to keep everyone safe.

Safety reminders

If you’re planning to celebrate, remember the basics:

  • Know your own limits.
  • Make sure to get consent at all times.
  • Watch over your friends and get them help if they have over-consumed or are engaging in risky behaviour.

On March 16, Student Wellness Services will be in the University Centre courtyard between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to provide students with St. Patrick’s Day harm reduction kits. The kits include hydrating beverages, snacks and safety resources and are available while supplies last.

If you’re gathering with others, remember: the pandemic isn’t over. Be aware of the COVID-19 risks associated with crowded spaces.

Responsible hosting

Party hosts should make sure they understand the risks for noise and nuisance fines. Remember to be respectful of your home and those of your neighbours. Students who register their party with Off-Campus Living can learn more about city and University expectations for such gatherings. Our Off-Campus Living Team will provide advice on minimizing disruptions, handling neighbourhood complaints, and interacting with police and by-law officers. Since 2015, more than 95 per cent of parties that were registered with Off-Campus Living have been free of fines.

Guests are not permitted in U of G residences between 8 a.m. on March 17 and noon on March 20.

This St. Patrick’s Day, lean into your Gryphon values. Be respectful of your community by engaging in safe and responsible behaviour!