Health & Safety

Learn about all the ways we are facilitating our community’s safe on-campus activities, including information on vaccinations, COVID-19 screening and testing, and other public health information, as well as how campus operations adapt to ensure we can learn, work, and live on campus safely and effectively.

Public Health Information

Queen’s University will continue to work closely with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, as we have throughout the pandemic. For their most up to date, localized public health guidance and information, visit the KFL&A Public Health website.

Vaccinations

Governments in Canada and across the world have deemed COVID-19 vaccinations safe and effective and view them as the primary driver of our return to normal activities. Learn more about vaccine safety and efficacy.

For those who have not yet benefitted from national, provincial, or international vaccination opportunities, we urge you to schedule their vaccine appointments through the province’s booking system.

Health Screening

Before coming to campus, faculty and staff must download the university’s SeQure App and complete the daily COVID-19 assessment questionnaire. For those without a cell phone or tablet, a web version and a document version of the assessment are also available. The app will advise whether you can proceed with your visit. Students, contractors and service providers, visitors and volunteers should conduct a daily self-assessment before they attend university property. They are encouraged to download and complete the SeQure App self-assessment. Be sure to update to the latest version of the SeQure App. Alternatively, they can use the Ontario government self-assessment tool.

Mask wearing

All students, staff, faculty, and visitors are required to wear an ASTM F2100 Level 2 medical-grade mask indoors on campus. Students attending in-person activities and employees who are working on-campus are eligible to receive ASTM F2100 Level 2 medical-grade masks from the university. Masks for students will be distributed over a two-week period beginning Tuesday, February 22 through Friday, March 11. Information regarding distribution locations and times will be communicated by faculties and schools in the near future. The university will also provide departments/units with ASTM F2100 Level 2 Medical Masks to be distributed to employees working on-campus. Further details on mask requirements are available in the university’s COVID-19 mask requirements.

COVID-19 Testing

Campus community members who are seeking COVID-19 testing are encouraged to visit a KFL&A Public Health screening centre. Anyone awaiting test results is not to attend campus until a negative test result is obtained.

Ventilation

Queen’s has enhanced ventilation protocols—many of which were put in place in early 2020. Facilities staff reviewed and optimized systems to meet public health requirements and recommendations. Learn more about our ventilation measures.

Enhanced cleaning protocols

Facilities staff implemented enhanced cleaning measures, which have been in use throughout the pandemic and will continue as we return to campus. Learn more about enhanced cleaning.

Queen’s Continuity of Education Plan (CEP)

The CEP outlines the protocols and practices in place that will guide the university’s response in the event of a COVID-19 case on campus, and to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning in the event of emergency. The plan was developed with input from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health. Read the CEP plan now.

Protocols for In-Person Classes

With the return to in-person classes in the Fall 2021 term, COVID-19 health and safety guidelines have been updated for students, faculty, and staff attending Queen’s classrooms. Read the Fall 2021 Protocols for In-Person Classes on the Kingston Campus.

Campus services

Dining & Food Services

All dining halls and available retail food locations on campus are prepared to operate safely. Please be attentive and respectful of guidelines posted in these areas. Learn more about dining locations, hours, and safety guidelines.

Dining website

Athletics & Recreation

Our athletics and recreation facilities are operational, allowing the campus community safe access to indoor and outdoor amenities. Learn more about our Athletics & Recreation facilities and operations.

Athletics website

Libraries

Throughout the pandemic, Queen’s libraries have been adapting operations to provide the best possible service, including access to research materials, study spaces, and more. For information, visit the Library website.

Library website

Students

In preparation for your arrival on campus—whether as an undergraduate, graduate, or international student—find out more information specific to you on:

  • Residences
  • Off-campus living
  • Support services
  • Libraries and study spaces
  • And more.
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Faculty & Staff

Whether you’re returning to in-person work this fall or have remained on campus as an essential employee throughout the pandemic, we have resources to help you stay safe and healthy. Learn more about:

  • Human resources
  • Support services/accommodations
  • Research operations
  • IT support
  • And more.
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