University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

Last updated: November 8, 2022

Latest updates

November 8: Masks are required for all indoor academic activity for the rest of the term

  • Starting November 9, you must wear a mask for any indoor activity that is part of academic instruction. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • lectures
    • seminars
    • teaching labs
    • tests
    • exams
    • all other forms of academic instruction wherever it happens indoors.
  • You may also be asked to wear a mask in other places, like when you meet with your TA or instructor.
  • If you are not sure what to do: wear a mask.

Read the full memos for undergraduate students, employees and graduate students, and instructors.

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Help is available

Students: We understand that many of our students have family members in areas affected by COVID-19. If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health or Counselling Services.

Employees: Our Employee and Family Assistance Program is available 24/7 for counselling, coaching and support. Call 1-800-663-1142 or visit

If you are in crisis, feeling unsafe, or worried you might hurt yourself or others: 

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If you have questions about Waterloo's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email