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COVID-19: Preventive Measures and Health Instructions

The health and safety of all staff, faculty, student and post-doctoral communities is a priority for INRS. The measures and instructions are intended for all members of the community. They are applicable on all INRS campuses, until further notice.

Last update: May 16, 2022

Presence in the research centres

  • The research centers are accessible to all members of the INRS community and to any other person invited.
  • As of May 16, 2022, people with symptoms of COVID-19 no longer have to fill out the INRS COVID-19 reporting form. 
    • If you experience flu-like symptoms or COVID-19, please do not come to INRS or leave INRS as soon as they appear, go into isolation at home and have a rapid test or PCR done if possible.
    • Isolation should continue as long as symptoms (even with a negative rapid test) are noted.
    • After the 5-day isolation period at home, if the test result is negative and the person is symptom-free, he or she may resume activities by wearing the procedure mask during any social interaction for 5 days after isolation.
  • The vaccination passport is no longer required to enter INRS or participate in activities. However, the passport is required for other purposes such as air travel, as indicated on the Quebec government website.
  • Each member of the staff, faculty, student and fellowship communties who enters Canada from outside the country must adhere to Government of Canada travel advice.

Procedure mask and other health measures

  • As of May 16, 2022, the requirement to wear a mask is lifted.
    • Masks will continue to be distributed on site.
    • The choice to wear a mask remains personal to each person, and although not mandatory, it remains a practice that is encouraged by the CNESST.
    • Members of the INRS community are invited to respect those who wish to continue to use this means of protection against COVID-19.
  • Hand washing continues to be promoted through the use of hydroalcoholic gel dispensers or washing with soap and water.

Distancing and gatherings

  • As of May 16, 2022, physical distancing is no longer required in classrooms, labs, libraries, work and study areas, dining areas, fitness rooms, and any other areas on campus.
  • All events and gatherings can be held in person.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Quebec

Sanitary recommendations

The Government of Quebec recommends that certain basic health guidelines be followed to avoid spreading COVID-19 :

  • Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Observe good hygiene when coughing or sneezing:
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it away as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with people who are more vulnerable, including the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. For example, avoid visiting people in hospitals, long-term care facilities or private homes.
  • Avoid direct contact for greetings, such as handshakes, and use alternative practices.

For more information, please consult the Quebec government’s health instructions and guidelines in the context of COVID-19.

Reference sites for COVID-19

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