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Instructions and guidelines

To ensure the smooth functioning of on-campus activities, please follow the following instructions and guidelines for Polytechnique Montréal community members. These guidelines conform to the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux requirements.

This document is updated regularly to reflect the evolution of government and public health authority requirements.

Last update: November 28, 2023


As of November 3rd, 2022, Québec public health removed the mandatory five-day isolation period following a COVID-19 infection.

Quebec public health now recommends that the population apply precautionary measures, not only for symptoms of COVID-19, but for all respiratory viruses - including influenza, which is about to begin its season.

If you have symptoms of respiratory virus

  • We encourage people with flu-like symptoms to stay home.
  • Once the fever and flu-like symptoms have decreased, it will be possible to return to Polytechnique.However, it will be important to wear the procedure mask as long as residual symptoms persist.
  • Cleaning of surfaces, frequently touched equipment and shared work surfaces is recommended.

For 10 days following the onset of symptoms, you should adopt the following practices:

  • Maintain physical distancing as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with vulnerable people, such as the elderly, the immunocompromised and those with chronic health conditions.
  • Opt for remote activities, such as teleworking.
  • Avoid non-essential social events.
  • Advise people you know that you may be contagious.

Essential recommendations issued by Quebec public health

On November 16, 2022, Québec public health also made the following three key recommendations:

  1. Masks should be worn by everyone in busy areas, except in schools and day-care centres.
  2. It is important to continue to wash hands frequently. This is a simple gesture that helps protect against viruses such as influenza.
  3. Anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection should stay home until fever subsides and wear a mask until symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or nasal congestion subside.


Managing absences


  • Because the self-isolation period is no longer mandatory, Polytechnique will withdraw the COVID-19 declaration form. Staff and managers will therefore no longer receive instructions from the OHS team when a member of their team is ill.

  • Beginning on December 5, 2022, days of absence due to COVID-19 infection should be managed in the same way as any other sick leave.

Members of the student community


  • Procedural masks are no longer required in post-secondary educational institutions. However, masks are an effective means of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and we encourage you to wear one. The university provides free masks at the entrance of several of our buildings.
  • Masks must still be worn by people who have cold or flu symptoms.


Although vaccination is not mandatory on our campus, we still encourage you to get your COVID-19 booster and your seasonal flu shot. You can make an appointment now on the Clic Santé portal.