COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

University of Guelph Measures During COVID-19 Provincewide Shutdown and State of Emergency

Starting April 8, Ontario moves into a state of emergency and a stay-at-home order expected to last at least four week. On April 3, Ontario moved into a province-wide shutdown that is expected to remain in effect for at least 28 days. Learn more about what this means at U of G.

Those who are approved to be on campus must continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including completing the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form daily before coming to campus, wearing a face covering, staying at least 2m apart from others, cleaning hands regularly, etc.

Updated: April 7, 2021

Remote learning

  • Remote learning will continue as planned.

Face-to-face classes and labs

  • Face-to-face teaching may continue only if learning outcomes cannot be met via remote delivery.
  • Instructors have received information about the shutdown’s effect on delivery of face-to-face learning.
  • Students in face-to-face courses and/or labs should check Web Advisor for updates and information.


All those who can work from home are required to do so. If you must come to a U of G facility to complete your job duties, speak to your manager or supervisor about accessing your workspace. COVID-19 safety protocols must be strictly followed at all times, including when occupying break rooms or when travelling in a vehicle for work.

Custodial and maintenance staff will report to work as usual.

Residences remain open. No visitors are permitted.

Students in residence will receive further information from Student Housing Services.

International students living in Canada are also subject to the provincial shutdown restrictions.

Those in need of support may contact

General information for international students during COVID-19 is available on U of G’s COVID-19 website.

Public spaces

  • The Athletics Centre is closed. Access online fitness classes on the Gryphon Fitness and Recreation Instagram account.
  • The McLaughlin Library building is closed but online services and curbside pick-up and home delivery of materials are available. Any changes to services will be posted on the library’s website.
  • Public access to the University Centre will be restricted to those with appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic and those with appointments to visit commercial businesses such as UC Pharmacy and UC Chiropractic Care. Visit the University Centre’s website for more information and a listing of available services.


To-go food service is available from:

  • Creelman Hall
  • Lennox Addington Starbucks
  • the OVC Café
  • Eastside Café and Grocery
  • Gryph N’ Grille
  • Second Cup (Gordon St. location)

Seating is closed. A full list of dining outlets and hours is available on the Hospitality Services website.

The Bullring and Brass Taps are open for takeout service.

Student Wellness

Student Health Services and the Health and Performance Centre are open by appointment with enhanced safety measures and restrictions in place. Check their websites for information.

Animal Hospitals

Ontario Veterinary Health Sciences Centre Animal Hospitals remain open. Consult the website for hours and more information.

University Bookstore

The University Bookstore is taking online orders for shipping (free within Canada) or pickup.

Research is deemed essential business and is permitted during the province-wide shutdown and state of emergency.

Consistent with this, University of Guelph research may proceed only if it is underpinned by an approved Research Management Plan.

Additional limitations include:

  • Researchers may access University of Guelph-operated facilities to conduct research only if they fulfil two criteria:
    1. there is an approved Research Management Plan (RMP) for the research; and
    2. the researcher has been approved to conduct the RMP-related research on-site by their department chair or school director.

Please also continue to refer to the Research Phase-In Framework for guidance.

All operations in Laboratory Services Division (i.e., Animal Health Laboratory, Agriculture and Food Laboratory), central animal care facilities, and research field stations will proceed under protocols that have already been implemented by directors and managers in those facilities.

More information on research during the pandemic can be found on the Office of Research COVID-19 webpage.

The Animal Health Lab and Agriculture and Food Lab remain open. Consult their website for hours and more information.

University buildings, except those listed above, will be closed to the public.

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.

All staff and faculty must obtain approval from their supervisor or chair before coming to campus to work or to conduct research. If you have an approved research management plan, you will still be required to obtain permission from your supervisor or chair to access the building. You must complete the U of G COVID-19 Daily Screening Form prior to every visit to campus and follow all Public Heath guidelines and safety protocols.

University Centre access

Access to the University Centre will be restricted to those with appointments at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic and those visiting commercial businesses such as UC Pharmacy and UC Chiropractic Care. U of G staff with offices in the UC who must come to campus to perform their job duties should contact their manager to arrange access.

Contact commercial businesses directly to arrange service by appointment.

The Campus Mail Room is accessible through the UC loading dock.

Visit the University Centre’s website for more information and a listing of available services.

Enforcement of government regulations

Outdoor gatherings are limited to five people, except for gatherings with members of the same household. The province has given law enforcement and by-law officers the authority to issue fines and penalties for those who violate the stay-at-home order. Those who choose not to follow the provincial shutdown regulations may also be subject to disciplinary action under the University’s Policy on Non-Academic Misconduct.

Further information will be posted as it becomes available.