COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

University of Guelph Measures During COVID-19 Provincewide Shutdown and Stay-at-Home Order

On Dec. 26, Ontario moved into a Provincewide Shutdown. On Jan. 14, a stay-at-home order took effect in the province and will remain in effect for at least 28 days. Learn more about what that 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: January 13, 2021

Remote learning

  • Remote learning will continue as planned. CourseLink has information on when classes, labs and seminars begin.

Face-to-face classes and labs

  • Face-to-face teaching may only continue under limited circumstances outlined by the provincial government. As such, the expectation is that face-to-face courses will be moved to remote delivery during the provincewide shutdown.
  • Instructors have received information about the shutdown’s impact on delivery of face-to-face learning.
  • Students enrolled in face-to-face classes and labs will receive information from their instructors. Students should check Course Link for start dates.

Visit the Winter 2021 Information for Students page to help prepare for the new semester.

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. Non-essential travel is restricted; however, travel for work and school is permitted.

Custodial and maintenance staff will report to work as usual.

Residences remain open to students who have accepted housing for the winter 2021 semester.

No visitors are permitted.

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

As of Jan. 7, 2021, all air travelers will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. According to the federal government’s announcement:

“Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.”

Before entering Canada, all international students must register with the Mandatory Quarantine Program, be enrolled at U of G and have a valid or approved study permit. Please monitor this page for updates.

International students arriving in Canada are subject to the stay-at-home order.

International students 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 are available. Any changes to the library’s services will be posted on the library’s website.
  • Public access to the University Centre will be restricted to those with appointments to visit commercial businesses such as UC Pharmacy and UC Chiropractic Care. Limited services are available for staff, faculty and student who are approved to be on campus. Visit the University Centre’s website for more information and a listing of available services.


As of Jan. 11, to-go food service is available from:

  • Creelman Hall
  • Lennox Addington dining hall and Starbucks
  • the OVC Café
  • the University Centre Starbucks and Subway
  • Eastside Café and Grocery

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

The Bullring is 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 during the provincewide shutdown. Consult their 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 under the stay-at-home order.

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.
  • All human participant face-to-face research taking place in Ontario must be paused until further notice. The Research Ethics Board will continue to review all protocols, including face-to-face protocols, during this time.

Please 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 with their work as per 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 during the provincewide shutdown. Consult their website for hours and more information.

University buildings, with the exception of 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
  • Faculty and researchers with an approved research management plan, and
  • 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 is restricted.

  • Those with offices in the UC who must come to campus to perform their job duties should contact their manager to arrange access.
  • Subway and Starbucks are open for take-out service.
  • Contact commercial businesses directly to arrange service by appointment.
  • The Campus Mail Room is accessible through the UC loading dock.

Public access to the University Centre is restricted to 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.

The CCLC is permitted to remain open during the provincewide shutdown. CCLC families will receive communication updates directly from the childcare centre.

Enforcement of government regulations

Please remember that outdoor gatherings are limited to five people. 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 emergency and stay-at-home 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.