Updated COVID-19 isolation protocols

Updated COVID-19 isolation protocols

March 25, 2022


Queen’s University has updated its isolation protocols for students, faculty, and staff to align with the current provincial guidelines. In line with those guidelines and effective immediately:

  1.       If YOU HAVE symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 you must isolate:
    1. For at least five days if you are fully vaccinated or are under 12 years of age
    2. For at least 10 days if you are over the age of 12 and not fully vaccinated, are immunocompromised, or live in a highest risk setting
  2.       If you LIVE WITH someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to isolate if one of the following applies to you:

a. You have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, have fully recovered from it, and do not have symptoms

b. You are over 18 years old and have received a third COVID-19 (“booster”) dose

c. You are under 18 years old and are fully vaccinated

If none of (a), (b), of (c) above apply to you, you must self-isolate for at least five days, and are not permitted on-campus. If you develop symptoms, you must isolate even if you are fully vaccinated. For isolation times, see #1(a) and (b) above. Additional details regarding isolation and symptoms can be found on the Ontario government’s COVID-19 website

Queen’s Protocols for In-Person Classes have been updated to reflect the new isolation guidance.

3.      If you've been in CLOSE CONTACT with someone who has the virus but you don't actually live with them:

  1. You are not required to self-isolate, regardless of your vaccination status.
  1. For 10 days, you are still strongly advised, to: (i)  self-monitor for symptoms; (ii) wear a mask in public; and(iii) avoid being around vulnerable demographics, such as long-term care residents.

Please note that students in residence must follow the updated Residence Isolation Protocols. Learn more about Queen’s COVID-19 policies on the Safe Return website. Information and vaccination availability in Kingston is provided on the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health website.

The pandemic has been challenging for all members of the Queen’s community. Support for staff and faculty is available through the Employee and Family Assistance Program and additional wellness resources are available on the Human Resources website.  Undergraduate and graduate students can contact Empower Me, 24/7 from countries around the worldGood2Talk, a 24/7 support line for post-secondary students, or Student Wellness Services.

Please check the Safe Return website regularly for further updates.