University of Guelph entrance wallThe provincial government has announced emergency and stay-at-home orders that will take effect April 8 and are expected to last at four weeks.

This is in addition to the emergency brake measures that went into that went into effect April 3.

While these provincial measures will affect U of G operations in the short term, ultimately the impact will be positive as the shutdown will help improve public health and safety while vaccination rollouts increase. This will allow the University to continue planning for a vibrant on-campus experience in fall 2021 and a gradual return to campus for faculty and staff.

To keep the U of G community informed, updates will be posted on the University’s COVID-19 website. Please continue to monitor this web page regularly for updates and new information.

During the stay-at-home order and province-wide shutdown:

  • The on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic will continue to run following strict Public Health guidelines.
  • Remote learning will continue. Students enrolled in face-to-face courses and learning activities will receive information regarding any changes from their instructors.
  • All scheduled exams will take place remotely, except for one graduate face-to-face exam. Please check WebAdvisor or refer to CourseLink for further information about method of delivery and exam requirements.
  • Remote-delivery summer courses will proceed as scheduled. Decisions about in-person learning will follow Public Health guidelines. Updates will be provided closer to the start of the summer semester.
  • Employees who can work remotely should continue to do so. If your job duties require you to be on campus or at a U of G facility, speak with your manager directly. Custodial and maintenance staff will report to work as usual.
  • Access to University buildings is restricted to:
    • People who cannot perform their work duties remotely
    • Faculty and students involved in face-to-face teaching and learning
    • 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 must still obtain permission from your supervisor or chair to access buildings. You must complete the U of G COVID-19 Daily Screening Form before every visit to campus and follow all Public Heath guidelines and safety protocols.
  • Access to U of G-operated facilities to conduct research is restricted; details are available on the Office of Research website.
  • Most University buildings are closed to the public, including all academic buildings and the McLaughlin Library. The library will provide curbside pickup and some remote services; check the library’s website for more information.
  • The Athletics Centre is closed. Find more information on the Athletics web page.
  • Public 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. Visit the University Centre’s website for more information and a listing of available services.
  • Residences remain open. No visitors are permitted.
  • Student Health Services and the Health and Performance Centre are open with enhanced safety measures and restrictions in place; check their websites for information.
  • The Ontario Veterinary Health Sciences Centre Animal HospitalsAnimal Health Lab and Agriculture and Food Lab are open during the province-wide shutdown.

New information will be posted as it becomes available. Please monitor the University’s COVID-19 web page for updates.