We all have a role to play in helping protect our community and reducing the spread of COVID-19. Follow the guidelines below to help keep yourself and others safe when you are on campus.

Our Response to Non-Compliance with COVID-19 Protocols Summary details how we will address breaches of federal, provincial and public health by-laws, controls and guidelines and U of G protocols regarding COVID-19.

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U of G strongly encourages everyone to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses. Learn more about vaccination at U of G.

When You or a Close Contact Are Sick

COVID-19 is highly transmissible – staying home when you are sick is essential to stopping the spread.

If you or a close contact are sick, follow the directions on the What to do when you are sick or have been exposed page of this site or call U of G’s COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906.

Masks and Face Shields

In general, until July 1 all those at any University of Guelph location are required to wear masks when indoors. Masks are not required outdoors. Situations in which masks can be removed are listed in the “When are masks not required?” section of this page.

At minimum, students, faculty and staff are required to wear a medical-style mask while on site. Cloth masks alone are currently not considered acceptable for wear at U of G locations but may be layered over top of medical-style masks to help with fit. As we have seen with transmission peaks and valleys over the past two years, we can expect that the University’s mask requirements will vary over time.

Medical masks must:

  • Fit tightly to the face without gaping, and
  • Completely cover the nose, mouth and chin.

Masks must be worn in classrooms, hallways, washrooms, stairways, meeting rooms and common spaces.

If you have a medical condition, disability or impairment that affects your ability to wear a mask and need accommodation, please contact:

  • Employees – Occupational Health and Wellness at ohw@uoguelph.ca and notify your supervisor. You are not required to disclose your specific medical condition to your supervisor.
  • Students – Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

Environmental Health and Safety provides further FAQs about face coverings.

Clean Your Hands

Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water is an important way you can protect yourself from COVID-19. If you can’t access soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol base.

Physical Resources will install and maintain hand sanitizer dispensers around building entrances, washrooms, classrooms and elevators.

Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes

Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or into a tissue that you throw away immediately. Don’t forget to wash your hands!


Learn more about how U of G is updating ventilation to help create safe spaces.

Wastewater Testing

Since October 2020, U of G researchers have been sampling wastewater from U of G on-campus residences. This sampling looks for RNA fragments of the COVID-19 virus. This testing can give us information before people show symptoms of COVID-19 so we can respond appropriately. Sampling is conducted in all student residence wastewater, seven days a week.

Rapid Testing

U of G, including the Ridgetown Campus, uses University-provided rapid antigen tests to respond to potential high-risk exposures in specific settings that the University has assessed as high-risk (e.g., rapid tests may be provided if there was a risk of exposure due to close proximity in a workspace or residence).

Call Centre

The U of G COVID-19 call centre helps support students, faculty and staff who contract COVID-19 and can answer COVID-19 questions and concerns. You can reach the call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 or email covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.

Self-Declaration and Safe Returns

U of G has self-declaration forms that students, faculty and staff are required to complete when they have symptoms of COVID-19 and there is a higher risk of transmission on site. After completing the form, community members will be connected with supports from Student Health Services or Occupational Health and Wellness.

Managing Positive Cases and Outbreaks

Our call centre and self-declaration forms help the University manage positive COVID-19 cases on campus and prevent outbreaks.

COVID-19 Guidelines from Environmental Health and Safety

U of G’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) team has created a number of resources to support safe learning and work on campus. Visit the EHS Guidelines under COVID-19 section of the HR website for more information.