Coronavirus safety program
Most COVID-19 protocols are no longer in effect at Concordia. However, we continue to monitor Quebec’s epidemiological situation and would reinstate safety measures in accordance with public health recommendations.
Masks are recommended but no longer required in most campus spaces. The exception is Health Services where visitors must continue to wear a procedure mask at all times, as per government directives.
Those who choose to wear a mask will continue to have access to free procedure masks at the entrances of most university buildings, also the location of mask recycling bins.
Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases
Anyone who feels sick or is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 must stay home, self-isolate, and consult Quebec’s COVID-19 resources.
- Staff who cannot report for work due to illness – be it COVID-19-related or other – should follow the regular sick-day process of communicating with their supervisor. Staff with questions regarding sick days, medical leave, or accommodation requests can contact the HR medical absences team.
- Faculty members should continue to contact their chair, unit head or dean’s office to communicate an absence.
- Students who need to communicate an absence should contact their professor, research lead or department administrator. They may also wish to consult information on academic accommodations, including reporting short-term absences.
Those who need non-urgent medical attention can contact Health Services
Before returning to campus consult the Returning to Campus Following your Isolation Period tool.
- Cleaning and Disinfecting for Offices EHS-DOC-175 Updated May 1, 2022
- Cleaning & Disinfection for Research/Teaching Workspaces EHS-DOC-163 Updated May 1, 2022
- Mask, Disinfectant and Hand Sanitizer Procurement Procedure EHS-DOC-176
- For information on organizing events on campus, please refer to Holding events on campus
Frequently asked questions
Yes, but monitor for symptoms for the 10 days following your last contact with the case.
If you are fully protected, yes. However, for 10 days, you must:
- avoid contact with vulnerable people,
- wear a mask during any social interaction,
- keep a distance of 2 metres from others, and
- watch for symptoms. If any appear test and follow government protocols.
If you are unvaccinated and have never had COVID-19, no:
- You must self-isolate for 5 days, and
- watch for symptoms. If any appear, test and follow government protocols.
- Self-isolate and complete the consult Quebec’s COVID-19 resources.
- Inform your supervisor/professor that you are self-isolating.
DO NOT come to campus until you have tested negative for COVID-19 AND have been without fever for at least 24 hours and your other symptoms are improving. Please note that if you used a rapid antigen test, you would need 2 negative tests, 24 hours apart.
If you do not have access to testing (PCR or rapid antigen/home test), or you tested positive DO NOT come to campus until:
- If unvaccinated: 5 days have elapsed from the start of symptoms AND you have been without fever for at least 24 hours and your other symptoms are improving.
Please note that you must also obtain a negative result to resume your activities after the 5 days of self-isolation. If the result is positive, you must continue your self-isolation.
- If fully vaccinated: 5 days have elapsed from the start of symptoms AND you have been without fever for at least 24 hours and your other symptoms are improving.
During the next 5 days, following your isolation:
- Wear a mask during any social interaction
- Avoid contact with vulnerable people.
- Avoid participating in non-essential social events.
- Keep a distance of 2 metres from other people if possible.
After 10 days, you may resume your activities as usual while taking steps to limit the spread of the virus.
According to the Quebec Government, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two months, you no longer need to isolate unless you are experiencing fever.
As a Quebec institution, we have several factors to consider in terms of imposing requirements: the epidemiological situation in the province, community support, and the ability to apply a safety measure that is neither mandated by government nor implemented elsewhere, outside of medical settings.
The decision to remove the mask mandate in public places was made by INSPQ and the Government of Quebec. It was based on the epidemiological situation, including the positive effects of high vaccination rates on COVID-19 virulence, as measured through hospitalization data.
Because we take the health and safety of our community members extremely seriously, we recommend that those entering our spaces continue to wear a mask. We are also continuing to supply masks through dispensers at most building entrances.
- If they are sick and/or need to isolate, they should contact all their professors and refer to the academic accommodation procedure for more information.
- Inform them that, before returning to campus, they need to use the Returning to Campus Following your Isolation Period tool.
Professors and department members are not expected to notify those who may have been in contact with a symptomatic or positive case.
- Verified that ventilation systems are operating in accordance with regulatory standards.
- Verified that units are suited to the requirements of each space they serve.
- Ensured that mechanical ventilation systems are functioning properly and are well maintained.
- Windows should be opened for at least 30 minutes before and after room occupancy,
- Doors should be left open as much as possible, and
- If a room is not mechanically ventilated and doesn't have windows that can be opened, its capacity is limited to one person.