Masking at Queen’s will not be mandatory this fall

COVID-19 vaccinations “strongly encourage[d],” but not required

Queen’s mask and vaccine policies are subject to change.
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Come September, masks will be encouraged, but not mandatory.

The University announced on Tuesday their suspension of mandatory masking continues “at this time,” but staff, students, and faculty are “strongly encouraged” to wear a medical-grade face mask indoors.

According to the press release, the status of the mask mandate is “subject to change at any time,” based on public health regulations and guidance.

“Queen’s University is a mask-friendly campus, and we ask that our community be considerate and respectful of another’s decisions regarding masking,” the University wrote in the press release.

However, individuals who enter certain private spaces or perform specific activities on campus—such as working in health clinics or hospitals—may be asked to wear a mask.

Proof of vaccination is also not required for “most” on-campus activities, but the University “strongly encourage[s]” community members to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, according to the press release.

This policy is also subject to change. Should proof of vaccination be re-instated, those who cannot provide it will be unable to participate in on-campus activities.

“The University strongly recommends that every person intending to live, work or study on campus […] maintain up to date vaccinations and boosters,” the University wrote in the press release.

This announcement comes after Western University’s announcement on Monday that, in the fall, staff, students, and faculty will be required to have at least one booster shot and wear a mask in instructional spaces.

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