Updated Research Exemption Access Details


Published: 24Mar2020

Only personnel whose name appears on the approved exemption list will be allowed to enter The Neuro. All allowed personnel will be triaged and cleared for entrance. Approved personnel will need to have their ID Card at all times.

New Process -  Activity Tracking

One of the keys to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 is documenting and tracking people who become ill or who have come into contact with the virus. Precise documentation will safeguard the health and safety of employees and restrict the outbreak in our community and the general population.

Triage personnel will log entry and exit times. Please advise approved lab members that they should advise the triage desk when exiting.

PIs will be mandated to keep a detailed log of when and where each designated individual will be working. Each person who enters The Neuro will be asked to log time of entry, rooms visited, names of others in the same room, time of exit. This will be done via an online form. Details to come.


As per the Faculty of Medicine memo of March 18, research trainees should not be put under any pressure to continue activities. Their health and security must be respected during this time of closure. They cannot be forced to travel to McGill research sites to perform experiments.  They have the right to refuse requests to perform non-essential work during the University lock-down without repercussions. Only those trainees who are included on approved exemptions should be in the lab.  All restrictions associated with the exemption must be followed.


  • avoid unnecessary travel between regions in the province
  • avoid public transport if at all possible
  • sanitize your hands
  • make sure doors are locked upon leaving the lab

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you think you have COVID-19 infection first call 514 644-4545.

A nurse will assess your situation and recommend what to do next. If a medical consultation in a specialized COVID-19 clinic is required, the nurse will book an appointment for you. If your state of health indicates that you require hospitalization, the Jewish General (adults) and Sainte-Justine’s (children) are the hospitals designated to treat confirmed cases.

Learn more

If you or someone you know develops emergency warning signs (not all inclusive) for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.

Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to rouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Please note

The situation remains fluid at this point, BUT access may be revoked in the future depending on further directives.

For more information or questions, please contact: Stefano.Stifani [at] mcgill.ca (Stefano Stifani) and Alyson.Fournier [at] mcgill.ca (Alyson Fournier).

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The Neuro is a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.

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