Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

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Health and Safety

Protecting the health and safety of those on campus, as well as of the broader Kingston community, is the university's primary concern. The information here is intended to support the Queen’s community in planning for the phased return of campus operations while mitigating risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The following information is excerpted from a detailed document outlining Queen's Return to Campus Guidelines.

(Note: faculty, staff, and students in clinical programs or accessing hospitals must adhere to requirements and standards set by the Faculty of Health Sciences and hospitals, which may differ from those outlined here).

Links to Public Health authorities

Campus community members in Canada should consult the following public health authority websites for the most recent COVID-19 updates, including information on preventative measures, symptoms, seeking medical assistance, as well as information on the number of cases, risk level, and travel advisories:

Kingston and Region

KFL&A Public Health

Key public health measures to limit COVID-19 spread

Queen's community members returning to campus should observe the following precautions and preventative measures:



  • Practice physical distancing of two metres (six feet)
  • Limit groups to cohorts of ten people; don’t mix cohorts.
  • Be mindful of confined spaces, like elevators.
  • Avoid handshakes

COVID-19 Health Directives for Students

Queen’s students returning to Kingston have been seeing a number of helpful resources and directives in their social media feeds designed to keep them and the Kingston community safe from COVID-19.

A targeted communications and advertising campaign launched on August 20 to connect students to important information, ranging from health and safety protocols to special tools created to help them return safely and responsibly to campus and the community. These messages are animated and highlight such essential public health protocols as handwashing, physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and wearing of face coverings.

Though the majority of students are learning remotely this fall, a limited number have returned to campus for in-person classes and others also returned to Kingston, either to residences operating at 50 per cent capacity or to off-campus accommodations.

View the range of campaign digital ads being targeted to Queen's students in Kingston below, or see all the campaign assets in one place

COVID-19 Safety

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Student Resources

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Community Conduct

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Campus Operations

The Campus Operations Group (COG) reviews and implements all strategies that support the phased return of academic operations. For information on the group's mandate, composition, and activities, visit the COG website.

Facilities access and usage guidelines

Campus access and facility usage

Decisions on priorities for additional activities returning to campus in a phased approach will be guided by provincial measures. The list includes activities that have been recently approved under the provincial Phase 2 reopening framework.  It will be updated as additional activities are approved for a phased return to campus. Note that individual faculties and departments may have processes for internal approvals that align with the broader university approval process.

For information on groups and operations/activities currently permitted on campus, visit the Campus Operations Group website. Moving forward, expanded campus access will follow a phased-in approach that is under development. More information will be made available as details are finalized.

Safety signage

A range of important safety signage can be downloaded for print and placement in your work or study areas.


Custodial cleaning protocol

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, area cleaning protocols have been adjusted to focus on cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in all areas, including elevator buttons, stair railings, door knobs and plates, faucets, and water fountains. Learn more about the adjusted cleaning protocol.

PIDAC special response cleaning

Should there be alerts or reports of suspected virus contamination on campus at any point, a special response team, trained to Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) standards, will move to isolate, clean, and disinfect applicable areas. Learn more about PIDAC cleaning.

Cleaning of individual spaces

Faculty and staff are expected to continue to clean their own equipment, including electronics, keyboards, office, laboratory, and lunchroom equipment. Cleaning products can be purchased on acQuire.