Masking and enhanced precautions

Masking and enhanced precautions

Queen's University shares information on masking guidelines, rapid testing, and more.

September 15, 2021


As we continue our safe return to campus, vaccination against COVID-19 is an essential part of our plan to protect the health and safety of everyone, but we also need to ensure we are all taking additional precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially the extremely contagious Delta variant.

Mask Requirements

Wearing masks is required inside all campus buildings, and masks need to be worn properly, covering the nose, mouth and chin. Masks are also recommended to be worn outside if physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Enhanced Precautions, Including Rapid Testing

Individuals who:

  • have submitted an accommodation request and are awaiting a decision,
  • have received an approved accommodation,
  • have had only one dose of a two-dose vaccine, or
  • are waiting for 14 days to pass after receiving the final dose of a vaccine,

must follow additional health and safety precautions while participating in in-person university activities. Effective immediately, these enhanced precautions include:

  • Complete a rapid test twice a week and report your results. More specific information on accessing and completing these tests is being shared directly with those required to take them to access campus.
  • Access to food options on university property is limited to take-out only at retail food outlets and campus dining halls.
  • Only individuals who are fully vaccinated will be able access to the Athletics and Recreation Centre and to participate in any Athletics and Recreation sanctioned indoor or outdoor activities (including intramurals and in-person fitness classes) or attend any sporting events. 

Vaccine Declaration Form

All students, faculty, and staff were required to fill out a vaccination status declaration form no later than September 13. Those who have not filled out the form are being contacted by Human Resources or their faculties to facilitate completion.

Screening Before Coming to Campus

Before coming to campus each day, all individuals are required to self-screen themselves for COVID-19.

  • Faculty and Staff must download and complete the SeQure app daily self-assessment prior to attending University Property.
  • Students should conduct a daily self-assessment before they attend university property. Students are encouraged to download and complete the SeQure app self-assessment. Alternatively, they can use the Ontario government self-assessment tool.

Based on the answers provided, the assessment will advise users whether it is safe to come to campus. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19, who are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must not come to campus or attend class, even if they are fully vaccinated.

For more details on these enhanced precautions, including specific precautions for employees, and other COVID-19 information, visit the Campus Operations Guidelines website, as well as the Safe Return to Campus website.

Please follow additional program-level health and safety requirements as required. Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy this fall.