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Statement from the Principal on St. Patrick's Day

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane urges students to reconsider plans to attend large gatherings due to coronavirus.

The COVID-19 situation is changing daily. There is an increasing concern about health risks posed by large events and gatherings. While the risk to our students and staff in Kingston still remains low, that can change at any time. Events that draw crowds from outside of Kingston increase the likelihood of transmission. 

St. Patrick’s Day already places a strain on our healthcare workers that must attend to Queen’s students taking part in events. The additional risk that someone from outside the community who carries the virus might attend and affect others compounds this burden. I am urging students to reconsider any plans for large celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day. At this time, we must all do our part to ensure our community stays safe and healthy.