Queen’s University has announced that they are strongly recommending that Queen’s students, staff, and faculty wear a mask in indoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The announcement comes as the provinces chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, recommended a return to masking on Monday. Dr. Moore strongly recommends masking in all indoor public settings, including in schools.
In addition to the masking recommendation, the university says that students, staff, and faculty must stay home if they are ill.
Individuals may only return once symptoms have improved for 24 hours. Once symptoms begin to improve for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms) and no fever is present, individuals may return to campus and proceed to wear a mask for the following 10 days.
The university says that they are encouraging indoor mask use “to help ease the strain on local hospitals and reduce transmission of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19, influenza, and RSV.”
Students who miss a class, exam or other academic requirement due to COVID-19 illness, symptoms, or self-isolation requirement will have academic consideration granted without need for medical documentation.
Lastly, the university announced that a flu vaccine clinic will be held on Nov. 22-23, from 9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m., in Mitchell Hall, Second floor, Parkul Lounge (south end of building).
The university is among several institutions to recommend masking this month. The University of Waterloo is one of the few at this point to instate a mask mandate in indoor settings this academic year.