University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

Last updated: October 8, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
For complete details of recent announcements and previous updates visit our COVID-19 News page.

    Latest updates

    • October 8: Follow government advice and don’t travel outside of your home unless it is essential
    • October 7: New COVID-19 campus case tracking dashboard
    • October 6: Staying safe over Fall Reading Week
      • Avoid travelling outside of Canada over Fall Reading Week
      • We recommend that you avoid all travel throughout Fall term, including during Fall Reading Week and the December break.
      • Read President Hamdullahpur's memo to students
    • October 1: Face covering updates
      • Exemptions can be provided for persons who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability. These exemptions are required to be approved via an employee or student accommodation process.
      • Face masks/respirators with exhaust valves, or mouth shields are not suitable face coverings.
      • Visit the face coverings page for details

    The University of Waterloo continues to implement plans and protocols to safely restart campus activities, following public health advice and best practices.

    Many buildings have reopened on campus with modified hours for fall term. Find out what’s open and see our list of building and service availability.


    Important links

    Canada's COVID Alert AppCOVID alert app logo

    • The Government of Canada launched a national, voluntary app that will notify users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The app is available for free to Canadians and can be downloaded through the App or Google Play stores.
    • The COVID Alert app incorporates exposure notification technology provided by Apple and Google and does not collect personally identifiable information.
    • The more people using the COVID Alert app, the more effective this tool will be in helping limit the spread of COVID-19.
    • Learn more.

    Summary of phased return

    Phase 1: Essential employees (March to June 2020)

    Phase 2: Research ramp-up (July to August 2020)

    Phase 3: Selective expansion (August to November 2020)

    Phase 4: The next normal (November 2020 and ongoing

    The campus environment will evolve to support learning, teaching, and research, but will continue to follow the latest public health and government guidance

      Please visit or call Health Services (519-884-4096), drop by the Counselling Services office in Needles Hall North, 2nd Floor or phone 519-888-4567 ext. 32655. Visit the Campus Wellness page for hours of operation and additional information. Campus Wellness services are provided at no charge in a private and confidential setting to University of Waterloo students who are currently registered or on a co-op term.

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