On April 1, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced additional province-wide restrictions in response to rising COVID-19 transmission rates. As a result of the government’s announcement, all 34 public health regions in Ontario are in a “shutdown” for a period of four weeks. You can read the full restrictions, prohibitions and measures, HERE.
 

On April 7, 2021, the Government of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, declared a third provincial emergency, and enacted a Stay-at-Home Order, effective April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. This Order requires Ontarians to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. You can read about the measures under this Order, HERE.

Impacts to Queen’s Law operations:
As the Provost Office’s announced on April 1, various campus facilities will be closed during the shutdown. Queen’s Law be closing the Law School building during the shutdown period.

Effective April 1st at 9 p.m. the building will be closed, and fob access will be deactivated, for the duration of the shutdown. For staff and faculty, access to the building will require pre-authorization from the executive director of the Faculty, and will only be granted for essential purposes.

Updated: April 8, 2021

At Queen’s Faculty of Law we are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and local community, as we continue to address the ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The information below is updated regularly to keep you apprised of our Faculty’s response to pandemic safety measures. For complete information on Queen’s University’s Covid-19 response, resources, and current status, please visit the Queen’s COVID-19 information site.

Program delivery

Fall Term 2021

As communicated by the Principal’s Office on April 6, 2021, the imminent roll-out of mass vaccinations is giving rise to a new optimism regarding the general state of the pandemic, and the resumption of in-person activities on campus at Queen’s, and planning efforts are underway to return to in-person classes in September.

Based on this, and the latest advice of public health officials and current immunization projections in Canada, Queen’s Law is planning for a return of in-person teaching and learning in September 2021. As a result:

  • Students should expect to be in Kingston this fall
  • While some specific courses may have a remote or hybrid component, the majority of courses are expected to be delivered in-person
  • Students who require accommodations or support based on their circumstances are encouraged to contact the Manager of Education and Equity Services, Helen Connop

Winter term 2021

On January 14, 2021, the Faculty of Law’s senior administration advised students, faculty members and staff that teaching during the Winter 2021 Term will be entirely remote. Queen's Law will continue to provide IT support to ensure the high quality of remote teaching and learning.

Law building access

Queen’s Law will be closing the Law School building during the province-wide shutdown period. Effective April 1st at 9 p.m. the building will be closed, and fob access will be deactivated, for the duration of the shutdown. For staff and faculty, access to the building will require pre-authorization from the executive director of the Faculty, and will only be granted for essential purposes.

Travel

Public health guidance advises that all unnecessary travel should continue to be avoided and that many regions outside the KFL&A region remain under a stay at home order. The increase in COVID-19 variants in the province means that we all need to remain vigilant.

As previously communicated, the university is requesting that all students, staff, and faculty who must travel for essential purposes outside the KFL&A, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark region, or who have had visitors from outside the region, self-isolate for 14 days. This means that those who travel outside the region over the reading week break will not be able to access campus until completing a 14-day isolation. 

KFL&A Public Health continues to recommend that anyone who has travelled beyond KFL&A, Hastings, Prince Edward, Leeds, Grenville, or Lanark regions, or has had visitors from outside the region, to consider asymptomatic testing for COVID-19. Asymptomatic testing for individuals who fall into the above-noted categories is available at the Beechgrove Assessment Centre, and students can also be tested at the on-campus assessment centre.

Important resources for staff and students

Screening and logging via the SeQure app:

  • “Screening” is a quick process that involves answering COVID-related questions and providing a contact phone number for contact tracing purposes. Data collected is confidential and is held for 30 days.
  • Students and staff who are authorized to continue on-campus work will be required to self-screen before entering the law building. Download the SeQure app on your mobile phone. You will need to display your green authorization status at the door.
  • Queen’s has also developed guidelines that are intended to support the university’s community in planning for the phased return of campus operations when permitted, while mitigating risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 prevention and testing information:

  • The Kingston Community Assessment Centre at the Beechgrove Complex at 51 Heakes Lane, is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm, by appointment only. 
  • More information about COVID-19 prevention and testing can be found here.

More Information:

On behalf of Queen’s Law, we wish everyone continued health, both mental and physical, as we all navigate these uncertain times.