COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Buildings, Events and Services COVID-19 FAQs

Updated: August 31, 2021

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

As of Sept. 1, 2021, all University buildings are open and accessible following standard University operating hours.

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U of G has taken a number of steps to ensure healthy air flow and appropriate ventilation in our buildings on campus. Learn more on the Physical Resources Building Readiness page.

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Yes, the McLaughlin Library building is open. To access the library, you will need your campus card or proof of enrolment. 

The library continues to support students by offering online resources and virtual services.

Students who have concerns about access to technology to support their alternative delivery format courses and exams should review our Academics FAQs.

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The University Centre is open. Elevator access is available, but limited due to construction.

Visit the University Centre’s website for more information.

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Yes, the Athletics Centre and facilities are open. Learn more on the Department of Athletics website

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Yes, 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. If you cant maintain distance, please wear a mask.

All Arboretum buildings are closed to the public.

Learn more on the Arboretum’s website.

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Yes. The University Bookstore is open for in-store shopping and curbside pickup. Check the Bookstore website for hours of operation.

You can also shop online at for your course materials, apparel and merchandise.

Contact the Bookstore at if you have any questions.

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Yes. Student Health Services has changed the format for some 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.

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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.

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Our usual dining options are back open and operational as of September 2021. See the full list of dining options and hours on the Hospitality Services website.

The CSA’s Bullring is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for take out.

Brass Taps is open in the University Centre.

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Charges for parking on campus resume Sept. 1, 2021. Learn more about parking on campus this fall.

Standard parking rules will be enforced (e.g., obstructing fire route, loading zones or building entrances/egress and unauthorized use of an accessible parking).

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The Undergraduate Academic Information Centre (UAIC) will be open during regular University business hours. Find the UAIC in its new space in the University Centre – Level 1 (South) starting Sept. 7.

Program counsellors (linked to your degree program, i.e., BA) and faculty advisors (linked to your specialization, i.e., Major Accounting) are providing academic advising services in fall 2021. Find contact information for program counsellors and faculty advisors at and connect with them to determine how their service will be provided (i.e., in-person, Microsoft Teams or phone appointments).

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Yes, GO Transit is still running stops at the University Centre.

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 mask when you’re on GO Transit.

Learn more on the GO Transit website.

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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.

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