All McGill students, employees and all visitors to campus must follow the guidelines on this page to ensure the health and safety of our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
You are responsible for taking the initiative to keep yourself and others safe.
Please also read the health guidelines related to your role at McGill:
- Health guidelines for students
- Health guidelines for employees (including student employees)
- Guidelines to keep our buildings safe
When to stay home
Do not come to campus if:
- You have any of these symptoms, no matter how slight
- difficulty breathing (even minor)
- sudden loss of smell or taste
- You have been out of the country in the last 2 weeks. Travellers who have come to Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
- You have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 (Healthcare workers who have been in contact with a COVID positive patient while wearing appropriate PPE can come to campus.)
Employees, including student employees, must fill out the Daily Self-Assessment Form in the Personal tab on Minerva before coming to campus, to ensure they meet the conditions above to prevent the spread of the virus.
Stay home and seek medical advice, if you can’t tell whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, or just a cold or flu.It is better to lose a few days of class, work or experiments then to cause others to fall sick.
Keep your hands clean:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including palms, backs of each hand, between fingers, thumbs and under nails. Rinse and dry hands well.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations are at the entrance of all campus buildings. We suggest that you also carry hand sanitizer with you.
Practice good cough etiquette:
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
- Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a waste basket and wash your hands afterwards.
Keep your distance:
- Avoid direct contact with individuals.
- Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres unless physical barriers such as Plexiglas are present.
- There is one exception to the 2-metre rule: Students in exam rooms must maintain 1.5 metres in distance, according to government guidelines.
Masks, Face Coverings and PPE
When to wear a mask or face covering
In Québec at this time, you need to wear a mask or face covering when you are in a University building in the following circumstances:
- when entering a building
- when moving around in a building, for example in entrance and reception areas, elevators, corridors, common areas and washrooms
- when you can’t stay more than two metres away from others
You do not need to wear a mask in a University building:
- if you are sitting or standing in one place (not moving), and you can stay the appropriate distance from other people
- if you are protected by physical barriers
- if you are alone in a closed space (e.g. office or dedicated lab space)
- if you are working in a laboratory in a dedicated 16 m2 area
- if you cannot wear a mask or face covering for health reasons
- if you are wearing other PPE required for work. For example, individuals working in labs should remove face coverings that pose a safety threat (e.g., close proximity to an open flame).
Please bring your own reusable face coverings to campus.If you do not have a face covering, you will be able to request a disposable mask when you enter a specific building during the first few weeks of the semester.
How to wear a mask or face covering:
- Ensure your mask fully covers your mouth and nose
- Wash your hands before and after removing the mask or face covering.
- Remove it by the ear straps and avoid touching the front.
- Replace the mask or face covering if it becomes damp or soiled
- Continue to follow other safety measures
- Watch our videos to learn about the proper use of these masks.
When to wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
In certain circumstances, employees or students may need to wear equipment that provides a higher level of protection than a regular mask or face covering. You need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE):
- if you cannot maintain two metres of physical distancing during your work and if other measures such as a preventive barrier are not in place
- if your supervisor or manager determines that you need to do so
- if you normally wear PPE for your work or research activities
Note that all masks do not provide the same level of protection. Non-medical masks or face coverings are not considered PPE, whereas medical masks or ASTM Level 1 masks are.
If someone develops COVID-19 symptoms on campus
If someone starts having symptoms while on campus:
- Isolate them in a closed room
- Give them a procedural (or surgical) mask to wear. If that isn’t available ask them to cover their mouth and nose with their own mask or cloth.
- Have the person with symptoms call 1-877-644-4545 (Info-Santé) for instructions.
- Let the appropriate person at McGill know:
In case of an emergency
In case of a fire evacuation,
- Don a mask or face covering if possible as maintaining the 2-metre distance in stairwells may be difficult.
- Once you exit the building, make sure that you stand at least 2 metres away from others
In the case of other emergencies, Security Services remains available 24/7.
The advice contained on this page is based on federal and provincial public health directives as well as recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), and will be updated regularly. The advice is guided by the following principles:
- Health and safety of community members is the priority.
- Ramp-up of on-campus activities will be carried out while respecting the constraints of public health authorities and in accordance with government directives.
Sponsoring a visitor
Visitors are allowed to come to campus provided the visit is planned and provided the individual has a McGill sponsor. As a sponsor, you are responsible for ensuring that the visitor meets the specified requirements. See details.