Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
The Ontario Government announced today that the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington (KFL&A) region will move into the green COVID-19 response level of the government’s COVID-19 Response Framework as of February 10 at 12:01 a.m. Queen’s will be cautiously easing restrictions and expanding some on-campus operations in the coming days. Information on campus operations is available on the COVID-19 website, and further information will be shared as soon as possible.
I’d like to thank the Queen’s community again for your diligence in following public health measures and limiting your close contacts. Your actions have helped to keep cases low within the Queen’s and Kingston communities, which have directly impacted the province’s decision to ease restrictions in our region. Queen’s students should be especially proud of keeping cases low within the student population. I know we will continue to work together to follow the provincial government’s regulations and public health advice so that COVID-19 restrictions can remain loosened in the KFL&A region.
Reading Week Travel
As we approach the reading week break, please be aware that public health guidance advises that all unnecessary travel should continue to be avoided and that many regions outside the KFL&A region remain under a stay at home order. The increase in COVID-19 variants in the province means that we all need to remain vigilant.
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. This means that those who travel outside the region over the reading week break will not be able to access campus until completing a 14-day isolation. Information for students in residences will be shared shortly. Individuals in the Faculty of Health Sciences should refer to their specific programs for additional protocols regarding on-campus activity and travel guidelines.
KFL&A Public Health continues to recommend that anyone who has travelled beyond KFL&A, Hastings, Prince Edward, Leeds, Grenville, or Lanark regions, or has had visitors from outside the region, to consider asymptomatic testing for COVID-19. Asymptomatic testing for individuals who fall into the above-noted categories is available at the Beechgrove Assessment Centre, and students can also be tested at the on-campus assessment centre.
Thank you again for your ongoing efforts to support the health and safety of the Queen’s and Kingston communities.