COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Buildings, Events and Services COVID-19 FAQs

Updated: July 13, 2021

All students, staff, faculty, and visitors must follow the steps and complete the training on U of G’s Return to Campuses website before coming to any University of Guelph location.

Learn how to safely navigate our on-campus spaces on our Return to Campuses website.

Buildings and Facilities

Access to University buildings is restricted to:

  • People who cannot perform their work duties remotely (e.g., need access to equipment or systems not available from home, need technology or space to record lectures for remote learning)
  • Faculty and students involved in face-to-face teaching and learning, being conducted following Public Health guidelines
  • Faculty and researchers with an approved research management plan
  • Students living in campus residences.

Students and instructors must use their U of G ID cards to access academic buildings and instructional spaces. Please use your ID card each time you enter to help ensure accurate contact tracing if needed.


  • Students will be granted access to U of G’s academic buildings and instructional spaces when scheduled as part of their courses.
  • Students may not attend a seminar, class or lab for which they are not enrolled. Students must only attend the sections listed in their course schedule.
  • Only those individuals registered for the class may be present.


  • Approval for building access is limited to the dates and times specified by the course bookings, plus any additional dates and times that have been approved by your department chair through the Academic Requests to Access Facilities form.
  • Instructors must use the scheduled space for their learning activity only and cannot move a group of students between instructional spaces or buildings to conduct their learning activity.

Access details for specific buildings are outlined below.

U of G has taken a number of steps to ensure healthy air flow and appropriate ventilation in our buildings on campus. Learn more on the Physical Resources Building Readiness page.

Yes, the McLaughlin Library building is open. To access the library, you will need your campus card or proof of enrolment. Curbside pickup and mail delivery of library materials is also available to students, faculty and staff.

The library continues to support students by offering online resources and virtual services.

Students who have concerns about access to technology to support their alternative delivery format courses and exams should review our Academics FAQs.

Access to the University Centre is restricted to those with appointments at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic and those visiting commercial businesses such as UC Pharmacy and UC Chiropractic Care.

Access to all other levels is available only to those staff who have approval from their supervisor to be on campus. Staff and those who need to access commercial businesses should enter through the east doors. Elevator access is available, but limited due to construction.

Visit the University Centre’s website or the U of G COVID-19 vaccination clinic page for more information.

Athletics facilities remain closed in this step of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Learn more on the Athletics Centre’s COVID-19 website.

The University of Guelph Arboretum trails and parking lots are open between dawn and dusk. When walking through the Arboretum, follow recommendations from public health about physical distancing by ensuring two metres of space between yourself and others.

All Arboretum buildings are closed to the public.

The naturalist interpretation team is actively engaging on social media, especially Facebook and Instagram, with scavenger hunts and activities people can do on their own outside.

Learn more on the Arboretum’s website.

The University Bookstore is open for in-store shopping and curbside pickup. Check the Bookstore website for hours of operation.

If you are shopping for textbooks, complete your order online and choose to have your materials delivered or book a time to pick them up. The Bookstore is offering free shipping within Canada for online purchases. Standard international shipping rates apply.

You can also shop online at for your course materials, apparel and merchandise.

Contact the Bookstore at if you have any questions.

Yes. Student Health Services has changed the format for most appointments to reduce the risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. Learn more about the services available and how to prepare for your appointment on their COVID-19 FAQs page.

The Health and Performance Centre is open for in-person appointments.


To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, University events are being held online.

For information on a specific event, contact the event’s organizers. Check the University’s events calendar for more information.


Select U of G dining outlets run by Hospitality Services are open for take-out service only. See the full list of dining options and hours on the Hospitality Services website.

The CSA’s Bullring is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for take out.

There will be no charge for parking on campus, including at meters, until Sept. 1. Learn more about parking on campus this fall.

You may park in metered, visitor or permit parking spots (excluding reserved, service and contractor spots) on a first-come, first-served basis, provided you use an actual parking spot and obey standard parking rules.

Standard parking rules will be enforced (e.g., obstructing fire route, loading zones or building entrances/egress and unauthorized use of an accessible parking).

Program counsellors and faculty advisors will continue to meet with students individually over the phone or online.

Yes, GO Transit is still running stops at the University Centre, but with a reduced schedule.

The following GO Bus routes serve the University of Guelph:

  • 29 – Guelph/Mississauga GO Bus
  • 31 – Guelph/Toronto GO Bus
  • 33 – Guelph/North York GO Bus
  • 48 – Guelph/Hwy 407 Bus Terminal GO Bus

When planning your trip:

  • Check your schedule before heading out
  • Pre-load your PRESTO card with the app, as cash is no longer accepted. Students save more!
  • Wear a mask when you’re on GO Transit.

Learn more on the GO Transit website.

The University of Guelph is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to determine which University supplies can be provided to local organizations to help in the response to COVID-19. Do not independently donate any University supplies.

If you are asked by an outside organization to donate supplies, please respond with the following:

The University of Guelph is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to determine the best way to coordinate and donate available University supplies to help with the community response to COVID-19. All donations will be coordinated through Public Health.