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McMaster will pause its mask mandate as of June 1.

The university continues to strongly encourage our community to wear a mask when indoors or in close proximity to others while outdoors, even though masks will not be required. Free Level 3 surgical masks are still available at several locations, including the Campus Store.

McMaster’s Vaccination Policy, which has been in place since October 2021, will be paused as of May 1, 2022 until the end of the summer term.

  • Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to make sure they are fully vaccinated, including booster shots, and to ensure that their MacCheck vaccination status is up to date.
  • All new hires to the University will still be required to be fully vaccinated. 
  • Vaccination requirements for students, visitors, volunteers and contractors will be paused.

See here for more details on the paused Vaccination Policy. 

As of June 1, public reporting of COVID cases on the Back to Mac website will be paused.

In keeping with Ontario workplace safety requirements, staff and faculty members need to report positive COVID cases. Students are no longer required to report cases, but learners in health professional programs should check with their program offices for instructions on reporting to placement locations.

With vaccinations still one of the best defences against the serious side effects of COVID, McMaster continues to encourage everyone to receive their booster vaccinations. MacCheck now offers the optional ability for McMaster students, faculty and staff members to upload a record of their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. Details here.

Daily COVID health screening is no longer required in the MacCheck digital tool.

However, please stay home if feeling unwell. Staying home when sick or isolating when required is one of the most important ways our community members can contribute to making in-person learning and working as safe as possible.