Members of the community are requested to safeguard their health and those around them by regularly monitoring their health status and notifying the school if they or a member of their household have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure.


Building Access

Anyone entering the Northwestern Qatar building will be required to show a green EHTERAZ app. Proof of vaccination status or a weekly negative rapid antigen test is not required. Please do not go to the Northwestern Qatar building if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.


Social and Physical Distancing

Social distancing is no longer a requirement


Face Coverings and Face Masks

The wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory though individuals who are vulnerable or have a chronic condition are recommended to wear a face mask in indoor areas. You are also recommended to wear a face mask if you are near people who seem to have symptoms, or when in crowded or poorly ventilated areas. 


Northwestern Qatar Infectious Disease Plan

The Northwestern Qatar Infectious Disease Plan includes emergency response protocols in case of incidents of suspected positive cases in the Northwestern Qatar building. Upon receiving a reported instance of exposure, Northwestern Qatar will initiate a reporting and health monitoring procedure that may include interviews, reference to CCTV, and attendance records to assist in track and trace efforts while maintaining correspondence with the affected community member(s) and all relevant parties.


Safety Measures and Reporting a Case

Northwestern Qatar has put in place several safety measures in line with the latest advice from Northwestern University, the Qatar Foundation, and the Qatar Ministry of Public Health. These measures include getting tested if you have symptoms or come into direct contact with an infected person and reporting this to the school. (The reporting form requires the Northwestern VPN if accessing from off-campus).

All individuals who have been in close contact or reported as being in close contact with a positive case will also be required to take a rapid antigen or PCR test. Close contact is defined as having direct contact (being less than two meters, for 15 minutes or more, with one person not wearing a facial mask) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you are being contacted after suspected exposure to COVID-19.

  • If you have been fully vaccinated, and your rapid antigen or PCR test is negative, you can return to the Northwestern Qatar building but must report and isolate if symptoms develop.

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and tested negative, you will still be required to self-isolate.

  • If you are fully vaccinated or non-vaccinated and your rapid antigen or PCR test is positive, you will need to self-isolate and MoPH will be contacted.

  • Self-isolation requires staying at home for up to seven days if fully vaccinated; 14 days if not fully vaccinated, or cleared by a medical provider, whichever comes first.

All individuals who are identified as secondary contacts are not required to take any action, unless otherwise directed; however, they should monitor their health for two weeks and report and isolate if symptoms develop. Secondary contact is defined as contact for less than 15 minutes and both parties wearing face masks, in a confined space previously and recently occupied by an infected person, or in close contact with a person who themselves was earlier in close contact with an infected person.

If you have any questions on rapid antigen or PCR test reimbursement because of a workplace incident, please contact HSSE for further information.