COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Buildings, Events and Services COVID-19 FAQs

If you don’t need to be on campus, please consider staying home to help keep our community safe.

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

Academic building access is currently restricted. As the fall semester starts, 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.

The McLaughlin Library looks forward to welcoming you back starting Sept. 10. The first two floors of the building will be accessible to current students, faculty and staff. To help with physical distancing, a maximum of 209 people can be in the library at one time. Please visit the library only if you need in-person services or facilities. Learn more about what the library has to offer, how to prepare for your visit and what to expect, on the library’s website.

The library will continue to support students by offering online resources and virtual services. Information about the library’s offerings are updated regularly on the library’s website.

Students who have concerns about access to technology to support their alternative delivery format courses and exams for the remainder of the winter 2020 semester should review our Academics FAQs.

Yes, the University Centre is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. to accommodate limited business activities, service offerings and student study space.

Study space

Study space is available as follows:

  • Level 1 – OVC Centennial Lounge (UC 103): 47 Seats
  • Level 2 – StudentStudy Lounge (Airport Lounge): 13 Seats
  • Level 2 – CSA Clubs Hallway: 17 Seats
  • Level 2 -CSA Clubs Room Seating (Rooms 225, 231, 233): 24 Seats
  • Level 3 – UC Rooms 332 and 334: 16 Seats
  • Level 0, 3 & 4- Hallway Study Desks: 9 Seats
  • Peter Clark Hall Centre Section: 50 Seats (Starting Monday, October 4)


The following businesses in the UC are open:

Call ahead or verify hours of operation and available services before coming to the University Centre.

Meeting space

Limited, in-person meetings and events are allowed, provided they follow U of G’s health and safety protocols.

To book space in the University Centre for in-person events and activities, you must provide confirmation of approval from your department head or delegate. To submit a request for a room booking, please email us at with the booking details and contact information for the department head or delegate approving the in-person meeting, event or activity.

Office space

Access to Levels 3, 4 and 5 will be restricted. Staff who work in the building should contact their Area Administrator for support. Learn more on the University Centre Services website.

Before coming to the UC, all staff, faculty and visitors must complete the steps on the Return to Campuses website.

The U of G Athletics Centre began its phased reopening on Aug. 27. They are excited to welcome you back! Learn more about what’s open and what to expect on the Athletics Centre’s COVID-19 website.

There are steps you must take before you visit the Athletics Centre to help keep our community safe. Learn more on U of G’s Return to Campuses website.

The Gryphon Centre Arena and Gryphon Soccer Complex are open for restricted use only. General recreation or non-permitted use is not available at this time.

Gryphon Fitness and Recreation is offering online exercise classes that can be viewed on their @gryphons_fitness Instagram account.

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.

Yes, the University Bookstore is open, however the textbook floor is closed for the fall semester. Learn about new store procedures to help keep our community safe. 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, most 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. See the full list of dining options and hours on the Hospitality Services website.

Brass Taps in the University Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for express take-out and safe dine-in service.

The CSA’s Bullring is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for take out only.

There will be no charge for parking on campus, including at meters, until further notice.

More information about annual passes for 2020-21 will be available soon.

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 face covering 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.”