The government of Ontario has announced a three-step plan to begin gradually easing public health measures across the province, with 21 days between each step.

The university is waiting for full details as we assess each stage, and information will be shared as soon as further details are known. The first step takes effect on Jan. 31, 2022 and includes the following changes that will impact operations on campus:

Athletics and Recreation: The Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) will open with capacity limits and masking protocols in place on January 31. Detailed capacity information and health and safety requirements will be posted on the Athletics and Recreation Centre website in the coming days.

Dining Halls and Retail Food Outlets: Starting Jan. 31, campus dining halls will reintroduce limited eat-in seating, as will select retail food locations on-campus. More details will be available and communicated next week.

Queen’s Libraries: Campus libraries are currently open with capacity limits in place. Individuals can access study spaces and the stacks in Stauffer, Douglas, Education, and Law libraries. Curbside pick-up is also available for Stauffer, Education, and Law. Please check Queen’s University Library website for up-to-date information on services and operations.  

On-Campus Work: The government has indicated that full details on public health and workplace safety measures will be shared as Ontario progresses through its reopening plan. Further information regarding on-campus work for employees and any changes to campus health and safety measures will be shared as soon as possible.

As previously announced, the majority of Winter 2022 academic activities will continue to be delivered remotely until the end of reading week on Feb. 28, 2022. The decision to deliver most academic activities remotely until Feb. 28 was made so that instructors could plan their courses, and students, including those who were travelling home to other countries over the holidays, could make their travel and housing plans accordingly.  

Under the provincial government’s plan, further changes to public health measures are set for Feb. 21 and March 14. More details on the impact of these updates to Queen’s will be provided as soon as they are available.