Today, the Government of Ontario announced that Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington Region will no longer be subject to the province's Stay at Home order and will be returning to the COVID-19 response level of Green, effect Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:01 am. This means that Queen's will be easing some campus restrictions. More details will be communicated as they are made available.

In-Person Classes

Previously planned, limited in-person learning will resume on the dates originally planned following the reading week break. Students with questions about in-person learning should refer to their program office.

Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)

The ARC will re-open for limited activities, starting Thursday, February 11, 2021 with safety protocols in place. Information on the protocols and limitations will be posted on the ARC website in coming days.

All facility users will have to book activities in advance. Facility users will also have to follow all signs and direction from A&R staff. Visit www.gogaelsgo.com for more details.

Bookable Study Spaces

Bookable study spaces will re-open on February 11. Students can reserve an individual study seat in Stauffer Library and the Education Library.

Work is also underway to open individual study spaces in Mackintosh-Corry Hall. The confirmed opening date for these spaces will be posted on the Library bookable spaces webpage.

Food Services and Dining Halls

Campus dining halls will re-open for in-person seating with appropriate safety protocols in place; take-out options remain available.

Starbucks in Mitchell Hall will re-open Monday, February 22. Further Information on other retail food outlets will be available later in February.

Students living in Residences will be receiving information about the easing of some restrictions.

Research

Information regarding any changes to research activities will be forthcoming from the Vice-Principal (Research) in coming days.

Faculty and Staff

Additional guidance and information for faculty and staff regarding permitted on-campus work will be communicated shortly.

Travel

As previously communicated, the university is requesting that all students, staff, and faculty who must travel for essential purposes outside the KFL&A, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark region, or who have had visitors from outside the region, self-isolate for 14 days.

Those who travel outside the region over the reading week break will not be able to access public spaces on campus, such as the ARC or library study spaces, until completing a 14-day isolation. Information for students in residences will be shared shortly and individuals in the Faculty of Health Sciences should refer to their specific programs for additional protocols regarding on-campus activity and travel guidelines.

Please continue to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and get tested right away if you develop any signs of illness. Up-to-date information on the University response to COVID-19 is available on the Queen’s COVID-19 information website. Additional information on response levels and local COVID-19 response is available through KFL&A Public Health.

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