COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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U of G is committed to providing a safe environment where our community can study, research work and live. The following guidelines can help you safely navigate campus.

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Updated: August 27, 2020

Face coverings (e.g., non-medical masks) are required in all campus spaces where 2 metres of physical distance cannot be maintained or predicted. This includes classrooms, hallways, washrooms, stairways, meeting rooms and common spaces. Visit the Face Coverings section of this site for more information and details on accommodations.

Rules for face coverings in labs are addressed in the Research Phase-in Framework and Research Management Plans.

Custodial Services’ cleaning protocols follow the recommendations of Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health and government agencies. Learn more about the University’s cleaning measures during COVID-19 on the Physical Resources website.

Public Spaces

Updated: September 3, 2020

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Maintain 2 metres of distance in all high-traffic areas, including hallways, stairways and queues.
  • When entering or exiting a building, keep to the right on your way through doors.
  • In queues, follow sign guidelines that indicate where to wait, or stay 2 metres apart if no signs are visible. As a courtesy to others, try to keep the queue from blocking the flow of traffic.
  • Please be mindful that persons who are blind or have low vision may have difficulty perceiving floor markings. Be gracious and discreet when offering help.
  • In stairways, keep to the right. Narrow stairways may be marked as Up Only or Down Only to help maintain distance.
  • In an emergency, vacate the building as quickly as possible. Navigational signs do not apply in an emergency.

  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean any surfaces you are likely to touch in the room. Pay close attention to light switches, door handles and electronics (e.g., phones, keyboards, computer mouse). Dispose of disinfectant wipes in the garbage. Never assume that the last person to use the space disinfected it before they left. When planning to use shared meeting rooms, account for the time you will need to clean surfaces and adjust your meeting time accordingly.
  • Entrances to shared spaces may be marked to indicate the maximum room occupancy. Please adhere to the maximum occupancy and wear a face covering while in a shared space.
  • Seats may be marked with a check or a cross to indicate where you can or cannot sit to maintain physical distance. Do not bring additional chairs into meeting rooms and lounges.
  • Do not lie down on benches.

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Treat smaller washrooms as single occupancy if 2m of space cannot be maintained.
  • In larger washrooms, maintain 2 metres of space from others.
  • If a washroom is in use, wait 2 metres outside the washroom door.
  • Use only stalls, urinals and sinks marked with a check.
  • Wash your hands before and after using the facility.
  • Use a paper towel or other barrier (e.g., sleeve) to open the door when you leave.

If you have concerns about accessibility or need accommodation, please contact the Office of Diversity and Human Rights at dhrinfo@uoguelph.ca.

  • If you are able, please take the stairs and leave the elevator for those who need it. Be kind! Remember: not all accessibility needs are evident.
  • All elevators have signs to indicate the maximum number of occupants allowed at a time. In most elevators, only one occupant is allowed at a time.
  • When riding an elevator with others, wear a face covering and maintain as much space from others as possible.
  • Use a barrier (e.g., sleeve, clean tissue) to press elevator buttons.
  • Avoid touching your face after pressing the elevator buttons.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after using the elevator.

Select dining options on campus are open this fall, including:

Please observe seating signs in our dining spaces, including in Branion Plaza, and only sit in designated spots. Tables will be sanitized as required. If you choose to eat in other outdoor spaces, bring disinfectant wipes to clean outdoor tables and benches before using them.

Vending machines on campus are stocked regularly

Our dining facilities are now cashless. Plan to pay with your U of G meal card/ID, debit or credit.

  • Health Services and the Health and Performance Centre are open by appointment in the J.T. Powell Building. Call to book an appointment at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.
  • Counselling, sexual violence supports, student accessibility services and health promotion programs are available by phone or online appointment.
  • Learn more about the services available and health protocols by visiting the Student Wellness website.

Administrative Spaces – Offices and Around Campus

Updated: September 3, 2020

Faculty and staff should continue to work from home where operationally feasible. If your job duties prevent you from working from home and require you to be on campus, speak with your supervisor to understand how your workspace and practices may change and follow these protocols:

  • Workspaces must be 2 metres apart wherever possible or have barriers.
  • Face-to-face desks should be altered to include a barrier or not used.
  • Work hours may be staggered to help reduce the number of people in the workspace or area at a time.
  • At workstations used by multiple employees during the day, schedules may need to be adjusted so that workstations are used by only one employee – or used by one employee for a longer period. Disinfect shared workstations before and after use. Don’t assume that the previous user disinfected the space after they were done.
  • Shared break rooms and kitchenettes may be closed or have fewer amenities (e.g., microwaves, fridges, coffee machines). Seats may be marked with a check or a cross to indicate where you can or cannot sit to maintain physical distance. Do not bring additional chairs into break rooms or rearrange furniture.
  • Disinfect shared equipment such as printers and photocopiers before use. Do not assume the previous user disinfected the equipment after they were done.
  • De-clutter office spaces as much as possible to make cleaning easier.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available in certain highly visible areas.
  • Follow all directional signs.
  • Read our Practices page to learn more about workplace etiquette including department events.

Learn more about the University’s cleaning measures during COVID-19 and your responsibilities on the Physical Resources website.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) recognizes the need for some employees to make essential trips to various locations (e.g., research stations) for their work. To ensure that physical distancing is practised during these trips, it is recommended that:

  • each employee travel in a separate vehicle (either their own or University-owned) without a passenger.
  • if travelling alone is not possible, employees must travel in a large enough vehicle to maintain at least 2 metres distance from others.

If these options are not feasible, and employees must travel together in a vehicle where 2 metres of physical distance cannot be achieved, follow the precautionary measures below.

What to bring

In addition to the tools, parts and equipment required for the job, bring the following in the vehicle:

  • Supplied cleaners or disinfectants
  • Disposable gloves for use in cleaning and disinfection
  • Disposable garbage bags
  • Non-medical face masks
  • Hand sanitizer with a base of at least 60% alcohol (optional)
  • Tissues (optional)

Keep distance

  • Minimize the number of passengers (e.g., the driver and only one passenger in a four-door or standard-sized vehicle — including king cab pickup trucks — and two passengers in a van with two benches).
  • Maximize the distance between individuals inside the vehicle. The passenger in a four-door or standard-sized vehicle should sit in the back seat on the right side of the vehicle.
  • Avoid using the recirculated air option. Use the vehicle’s vents to bring in outside air.
  • If possible, drive with the windows open to maximize air flow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces before starting the trip. This includes the door frame and handles, windows, seatbelt buckles, steering wheel, gearshift, signalling levers and other high-touch vehicle parts. Avoid unnecessarily touching these parts of the vehicle.
  • Load and unload your own bags and belongings.
  • Maintain the same cohort for sharing rides and limit intermixing of cohorts for team travel.
  • Note: Environmental Health and Safety currently does not recommend installing partitions in vehicles to allow more passengers. Partitions could obstruct the driver’s visibility and give a false sense of security while not providing adequate protection against the transmission of COVID-19.

Wear a non-medical mask when travelling with a passenger

  • When travelling with a passenger, everyone inside the vehicle must wear a non-medical mask during each trip as it can reduce the spread of respiratory droplets to others. Non-medical masks may not provide complete protection against viral particles. If you have a medical condition, disability or impairment that affects your ability to wear a non-medical mask and need accommodation (e.g., a clear plastic face shield, other accommodation, etc.), please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at ohw@uoguelph.ca and notify your supervisor. Approval is required before a face shield can be used in place of a face covering.
  • Review and follow Public Health’s instruction video How to wear a non-medical mask or face covering properly.
  • Follow the Public Health guideline on the use of non-medical masks.

Hand hygiene

  • Immediately before and after each trip, everyone should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a base of at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Dry hands with a paper towel.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Clean and disinfect

  • Before and after each trip, disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the use of cleaning and disinfection products and wear disposable gloves if needed to avoid skin irritation. Remove gloves with care to avoid skin contact with the outside of the glove.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing the gloves or use a hand sanitizer with a base of at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Follow appropriate steps to take off gloves.

Follow respiratory etiquette when coughing or sneezing

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, even with a face mask on.
  • Dispose of used tissues in a garbage bag as soon as possible.

For any concerns or inquiries related to COVID-19 and working safely, please contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at ehs@uoguelph.ca or Occupational Health and Wellness (OHW) at ohw@uoguelph.ca.

Classroom Spaces

Updated: August 27, 2020

Students and instructors participating in face-to-face instruction must follow the protocols in the Fall Classroom Health and Safety Protocols document. Please review the document before classes begin.

The safety protocols document includes information on:

  • steps you must take before you come to campus
  • restricted building access – you will need your U of G student card to access academic buildings and instructional spaces
  • required face coverings and other personal protective equipment in classes
  • timing – arrive no later than 15 minutes before your class
  • physical distancing – follow directional signs, line up before class, don’t move around the classroom, sit at marked seats
  • cleaning and disinfecting – use provided supplies to wipe down your work or learning space before and after class
  • speaking up if something or someone is unsafe

Classroom monitors will be present during the first four weeks of the fall semester to help students and instructors become familiar with protocols and signage for instructional spaces.

Departments should reference the Preparing Departments to Assess Instructional Spaces document when making plans for on-campus instruction.

Student Study- and Workspaces

Added: September 15, 2020

The University of Guelph has developed a Student Study Space framework to help phase in access to on-campus study- and workspaces for undergraduate and graduate students.

As we make plans to reopen study spaces, the collective health, safety, and well-being of our community is the University’s first priority.

Students can access on-campus study space in:

  • McLaughlin Library (max. capacity 209)
  • University Centre (126 seats)

Additional spaces will be added as demand indicates.

Students who do not need to come to campus for study space should stay home. Student access to campus study- and workspace is intended only for students with special circumstances. These may include:

  • restricted internet access
  • required access to campus resource materials
  • unsuitable home environments for successful studying

Access to on-campus study- and workspace cannot be mandatory for satisfying course requirements.

If you choose to use on-campus study- or workspaces, you are responsible for the following:

  • Being present on campus only if necessary – stay home as much as you can.
  • Completing the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Awareness Training course before coming to campus.
  • Completing the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form every day before coming to campus and following its directions. Do not come to campus if you are told to isolate. If you become sick while on campus, go home as soon as possible. Avoid public transit and take measures to protect others around you.
  • Following instructions in the Student Access Plan as communicated by the manager of the space.
  • Disinfecting shared surfaces within the study- and workspace before and after use. Use provided supplies. Spaces that you may need to disinfect include:
    • door and cabinet handles
    • bench surfaces
    • keyboards
    • instrument control panels
    • shared equipment
    • computer keyboards and tables
    • chair backs and arm rests
    • photocopiers
    • pens and whiteboard markers
  • Maintaining two metres’ distance from others at all times and wearing a face covering.
  • Following signage for movement through the space (e.g., entry or exit only doors, directional arrows, etc.).
  • Reporting hazards and concerns to an appropriate authority, such as the booking office or college dean’s office.

Graduate students who need access to their office or other workspace in order to pick up materials they need for their off-campus work and then immediately leave again do not require a Student Access Plan. Obtain approval for your campus visit from the chair or director of your department (or their designate). The chair or director will supply Campus Community Police with a note detailing the date and time you will be on campus.

Colleges will make decisions about spaces controlled by units within the college, such as offices and college common areas. Decisions about University-level common spaces (such as the University Centre, classrooms or the library) will be made by the appropriate managing unit of those spaces.

In reopening study spaces, the following groups each have specific responsibilities:

  • physical resources
  • college deans, administrative unit heads and other space managers or their designates
  • environmental health and safety
  • study- and workspace users

Those responsibilities are outlined fully in the Student Study Space Framework.

Access to student study- and workspaces should be expanded in a measured way, as it is safe to do so. Access to study space may change in response to evolving University, Public Health or Government directives. Provisions must be made so that any student study- or workspace that is made accessible can be quickly closed down should changing health conditions require it.

As decisions are made about opening access to student spaces, principles of equity, diversity and inclusion should be considered.

To reopen a space, a Student Access Plan must be in place. The plan should include considerations for:

  • Availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Physical distancing
  • Hygiene and disinfection protocols and materials
  • Signage and markings
  • Control of flow of traffic
  • Precautions for common areas (corridors, elevators, copier rooms, etc.), if any

Colleges, academic units, administrative units and managers of campus spaces can use the Student Study Space framework to develop and approve Student Access Plans that allow reasonable student access to study- and workspaces on campus.

Research Spaces

Updated: July 21, 2020

The Research Phase-In Framework from the Office of Research has been created to guide the resumption of more of our research activities.

This framework should be used by colleges, academic units and researchers to develop and approve plans necessary to start research activities requiring the use of University of Guelph-operated facilities (including offices and field sites).

For those who are conducting approved research on campus, the following protocols apply:

  • Familiarize yourself with the Guidelines for Research Phase-In in the Research Phase-In Framework. These guidelines include important safety measures you must follow.
  • Review and follow instructions in the Research Management Plan provided by your principal investigator/supervisor.
  • Immediately report hazards and concerns to your supervisor.
  • Use equipment and/or personal protective equipment as defined in the procedures.
  • Minimize time around people (maintain 2 metres of physical distancing at all times).
  • Remember that some individuals with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic.

For any concerns or inquiries related to COVID-19 and working safely, please contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at ehs@uoguelph.ca or Occupational Health and Wellness (OHW) at ohw@uoguelph.ca.

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Residences

Updated: July 21, 2020

U of G’s residences are a home away from home for many of our students and an important aspect of community. Visit the Student Housing website for guidelines on living in residence during COVID-19.

This guideline was developed by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for all employees who are required to work inside an occupied unit in student residences and family housing sites, in order to prevent transmission of COVID-19 between the employees and the occupants.

Before starting the work, check whether anyone inside the unit is self-isolating

  • Review the Student Housing Work Order or communicate with the appropriate residence desk (i.e., Family Housing Facilities Office or East Residence Desk) to determine whether anyone inside the unit is self-isolating.
  • The precautionary measures listed in below must be strictly and meticulously followed if anyone inside the unit has reported to be self-isolating. However, these measures are recommended for all circumstances that require an entry to an occupied residence.

What to bring

In addition to the tools, parts and equipment required for the job, bring the following:

  • Supplied cleaners and disinfectants
  • Disposable gloves for use in cleaning and disinfection
  • Hand sanitizer with a base of at least 60% alcohol (optional)
  • Non-medical face masks

Hand hygiene

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately before you enter the unit and immediately after you leave the unit.
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel.
  • Use a hand sanitizer with a base of at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Physical distancing from the occupant

  • Immediately after knocking on the front door or ringing the doorbell, take a few steps back to stay at least 2 metres away from the occupant when the door is opened.
  • Instruct the occupants to maintain at least 2 metres of distance from you for the duration of the work.
  • You and the occupant should not occupy the same room as it is difficult to maintain a safe distance from each other. Kindly ask the occupant to leave the room until the work is finished.

Respiratory etiquette when coughing or sneezing

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
  • Dispose of used tissues in a waste bin as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.

Clean and disinfect work surfaces before and after the work

  • Immediately before the work begins, clean and disinfect the work surfaces that you are going to touch (e.g., tools, tables, doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, cabinet handles, etc.) using supplied products.
  • Immediately after the work is finished, clean and disinfect the work surfaces that you have touched.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on use of cleaning products and wear disposable gloves if needed to avoid skin irritation. Follow appropriate steps to remove gloves to avoid skin contact with the outside of the gloves.
  • Always wash your hands immediately after removing your gloves or use a hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol base if soap and water are not available.

Wear a non-medical mask

  • Non-medical masks are required in all U of G spaces when 2 metres of physical distance cannot be maintained or predicted. This includes hallways, washrooms, stairways and other shared spaces. If you have a medical condition, disability or impairment that affects your ability to wear a non-medical mask and need accommodation (e.g., a clear plastic face shield, other accommodation, etc.), please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at ohw@uoguelph.ca and notify your supervisor. Approval is required before a face shield can be used in place of a face covering.
  • Review and follow Public Health’s instruction video How to wear a non-medical mask or face covering properly.
  • Follow the Public Health guideline on the use of non-medical masks.

Prayer Spaces

Added: October 23, 2020

Two prayer spaces are currently open on campus for individual prayer by students, staff and faculty who are living on campus or who have returned to campus for work or study. Those who don’t need to come to campus should stay home.

Students, staff and faculty can access on-campus prayer space in:

  • Mussalah – University Centre, Room 008B for Muslim prayer
  • Multi-Faith Room – University Centre, Room 533 for multi-faith prayer

Before using on-campus prayer space, individuals must:

  • Complete the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Awareness Training course before coming to campus.
  • Complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form every day before coming to campus and follow its directions. Do not come to campus if you are told to isolate. If you become sick while on campus, go home as soon as possible. Avoid public transit and take measures to protect others around you.
  • Disinfect shared surfaces within the prayer space before and after use. Use provided supplies.
  • Maintain 2 metres of distance from others at all times and wear a face covering.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after using the prayer space.
  • Follow signage for movement through the space (e.g., entry or exit only doors, directional arrows, etc.).
  • Not linger prior to or following prayer. No waiting areas or lounge spaces will be used.
  • Report hazards and concerns to the University Centre Administration.

All objects used (e.g., prayer mats) are for individual use only, cannot be shared and must not be stored in the spaces.

Wudu rooms are not available at this time.

Access to prayer spaces will be expanded in a measured way, as it is safe to do so. Access to prayer space may change in response to evolving University, public health or government directives. Provisions must be made so that any prayer space that is made accessible can be quickly closed down should changing health conditions require it.

As decisions are made about opening access to prayer spaces, principles of equity, diversity and inclusion will be considered.

Users of prayer spaces must follow the responsibilities listed in the previous FAQ.

All objects used (e.g., prayer mats) are for individual use only, cannot be shared and must not be stored in the spaces.

Wudu rooms are not available at this time.

Read the full University Centre Prayer Spaces -Return to Campus Plan for more information.

Athletics Centre

Added: September 3, 2020

The U of G Athletics Centre began its phased reopening on Aug. 27. Visit the Athletics Centre’s COVID-19 website to learn more about the phases and safety measures within their facilities.