As announced on Wednesday, April 7, the Government of Ontario has declared a State of Emergency in the province and implemented a stay-at-home order. This stay-at-home order is in effect from Thursday, April 8 through until Wednesday, June 2, 2021 (extended from May, 7 to May 20 on April 16, 2021, and re-extended from May 20 to June 2 on May 13, 2021).

Due to the increased risk in transmission from variants of concern, the Research Community is reminded to work remotely if possible, only coming on campus as necessary and to adhere to isolating and monitoring protocols if you have travelled outside the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KLF&A) region.

Approved research activity has been prioritized as essential activity and can continue subject to the Queen’s approval processes through Faculty Associate Deans of Research. Many of the processes outlined below have been in place for several months and are repeated for completeness. 

As always, please check the VPR COVID-19 website for details. Your Associate Deans of Research may also provide additional details and guidance on matters particular to your Faculty, and they are your first point of contact for questions:

On-Site Research Activity

  • New requests for on-site activity require review and approval through the relevant Faculty Associate Dean of Research who will consult with the central Research Response Team as appropriate. 
  • For previously approved on-site research activity, if researchers can work remotely, they should do so, only coming on campus, as necessary.
  • The previously approved capacity of on-site labs/facilities will be monitored and assessed at the Departmental/Faculty level.
  • Donning of medical-grade masks, and other mandated PPE where necessary while accessing Faculty of Health Sciences, Kingston Health Sciences Centre or Providence Care premises. 
    Note: Cloth masks will be phased out as acceptable PPE for activities being undertaken in Faculty of Health Sciences buildings.

Field Research Activity

  • Any previously approved field research activity in KFL&A only may continue.
  • New requests for field research activity will be reviewed and approved by the central Research Response Team via your Associate Dean of Research.
  • All field research activity outside KFL&A remains suspended; exceptions may be granted for those individuals already in other jurisdictions subject to applicable local public health directives and safety measures. 

In-Person Human Participant Research

  • Any previously approved in-person human participant research activity taking place in KFL&A only, and involving participants from KFL&A only, may continue.
  • In-Person research involving human participants from outside KFL&A continues to be suspended with the following exceptions:
    • COVID-19 Research
    • Study involves in-person research where the participant is receiving a service that would be delivered/received regardless of the research (e.g., medical treatment)
    • Researchers currently in other regions or countries conducting approved in-person research, may continue, as long as they follow all applicable local public health directives and safety measures
    • Contact your Associate Dean of Research should you be unclear whether your human participant study can continue
  • New requests for in-person human participant research will be reviewed and approved by the central Research Response Team via your Associate Dean of Research
  • Donning of medical grade masks, and other mandated PPE where necessary, is now require for all in-person human participant research; while accessing Faculty of Health Sciences, Kingston Health Sciences Centre or Providence Care premises. 
    Note: Cloth masks will be phased out as acceptable PPE for activities being undertaken in Faculty of Health Sciences buildings.

Animal Care Facilities

  • Ongoing and long-term animal studies can continue.
  • Access to animal care facilities will be tightly regulated to maintain public health guidelines.
  • Please contact Dr. Andrew Winterborn (andrew.winterborn@queensu.ca) with queries associated with animal studies and access to animal care facilities. 

Hospital Based Research

  • Hospital based research will follow Kingston Health Sciences Centre/Providence Care guidelines and requirements.
  • Donning of medical grade masks, and other mandated PPE where necessary, is now require for all in-person human participant research; while accessing Faculty of Health Sciences, Kingston Health Sciences Centre or Providence Care premises. 
    Note: Cloth masks will be phased out as acceptable PPE for activities being undertaken in Faculty of Health Sciences buildings.
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