How can I do my part?
The COVID-19 pandemic provides new challenges as we navigate caring for our community.
KFL&A Public Health has issued an order that face coverings must be worn inside all commercial buildings. Face coverings are also required in all public and commons spaces inside Queen’s University buildings.
Face coverings slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the transmission of respiratory droplets. They are especially important when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Physical distancing refers to staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone not in your household or social circle. By staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart, respiratory droplets are less likely to reach others, therefore slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Physical distancing is especially hard to maintain at large gatherings or parties. Parties accounted for a notable number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Canada.
Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., cough, fever, fatigue). If you developed COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. Stay home from school and/or work when you feel ill. If you need to self-isolate, review the steps at KFL&A Public Health.
Review the Know your Student Household COVID-19 Plan for tips on preparing to self-isolate.
Why should I do my part?
To return to fully open businesses, schools, and events, following the public health recommendations is vital. We all need to do our part to protect ourselves and our communities. We, as individuals, play a key role in the community’s overall wellbeing. The more we help contain the spread of COVID-19, the faster the restrictions will be lifted.
What challenges do I face?
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant changes to our day-to-day lives. As we continue to adjust to these changes, it can be challenging to remember developing public health recommendations.
This challenge is substantially increased when a person is intoxicated. The consumption of alcohol has been directly linked to lowered compliance with public health recommendations. People who are intoxicated are less likely to wear their face covering (properly or at all) or maintain physical distancing.
Another challenge has been termed “COVID-19 fatigue.” Public health officials recognize that the recommendations place a burden on individuals, especially as the pandemic is on-going. It is important to take care of your mental and social wellbeing so that you don’t give in to COVID-19 fatigue.
Non-compliance can lead to the community spread of COVID-19. More spread means more restrictions.
What happens if I don’t do my part?
Queen’s University takes the safety of its community very seriously. The non-academic misconduct process is one tool to help address non-compliance with COVID-19 regulations.
Students that are reported not complying with the Queen’s University COVID-19 safety protocols may be subject to the non-academic misconduct process under the Student Code of Conduct.
Students that are reported not complying with COVID-19 public health recommendations may be subject to the non-academic misconduct process under the Student Code of Conduct, especially if the safety of a Queen’s community member is threatened.