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Your health & safety

Your health and safety is our top priority. We know most students won’t be on campus this fall, but here’s what we’re doing to make sure those who do have to come to campus stay safe and healthy. And there are many important things you can do to help keep our broader community safe as well — whether you’re on campus, living in the neighbourhood or studying remotely.

New health and safety measures are now in place

We’re doing things differently these days. Our new normal includes:

  • Increased cleaning in high-traffic areas, like washrooms and common areas
  • Daily cleaning of all in-use classrooms
  • Limiting the number of people on campus
  • Restricting access to shared spaces like washrooms
  • Requiring masks in all public indoor campus spaces
  • Providing physical distancing guidelines for all lab and classroom spaces
  • Making hand sanitizer available at all building and classroom entrances
  • Communicating physical distancing and reduced classroom capacities with clear signage
  • Encouraging physical distancing in hallways, stairways and buildings with directional signs
  • Requiring COVID-19 Awareness training for all staff and students who need to come to campus

Visit the Human Resources Health & Safety page for more information on everything we’re doing.

If you’re coming to campus, here are the steps you must follow:

  • Complete the province’s COVID-19 screening app within one hour of attending campus or a McMaster facility. This must be done before going to classes, the library or any other building on campus. The screening tool is also available on the McMaster Safety App.
  • After completing the screening, email your class instructor or research supervisor informing them if you have passed or not passed the screening for the day. If you have passed, you are then able to enter campus. Your instructor may also set up a folder on the course’s Avenue to Learn site for this purpose and will communicate this to students in the class.  If you currently have a protocol in place with your instructor to share the results of the screening app, this protocol will continue.
  • If you do not pass the screening test you are not permitted to enter campus and should self isolate and seek assessment and testing
  • If you are attending campus for any reason other than to attend a class (e.g. accessing approved library study space) complete the screening and submit through the library booking app or to the person who has authorized you to be on campus.

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COVID-19 self-assessment Learn More

Are you worried that you or someone you know might have been exposed to COVID-19? The Province of Ontario’s assessment tool can help you figure out your next steps.

Exposed? Here's what to do Learn More

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling sick, you’re probably super worried. The link will take you to the steps, laid out by the Government of Ontario, that you need to take to report your illness.

If you have been on campus, you must follow these reporting protocols as well:

Community safety Learn More

Being a good neighbour means limiting gatherings (even small ones), practising good physical distancing, wearing a mask when you go out and being respectful of the rules that keep everyone healthy. It’s the right thing to do. It’s also the law. Hamilton has two new bylaws to help stop the spread of COVID-19: one that requires face coverings in public indoor places, and one that requires physical distancing. (Warning: failing to follow these bylaws could result in a hefty fine!)

Student Wellness Centre Learn More

McMaster’s Student Wellness Centre provides counselling, medical services and wellness programs. With an online Fall term, many of those services are being provided virtually — but all the support you need is still there.


COVID-19 awareness training Learn More

COVID-19 awareness training, which will help our community understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimize risk, is now mandatory for all those coming to campus.

You can register for training in the Regulatory Training section of Mosaic.


Self-isolation guidelines Learn More

Do you have to quarantine, or are you caring for someone in self-isolation? Follow these guidelines from Public Health Ontario.