This update is provided for archival purposes only.

Public Health guidance and University of Waterloo operations may have changed. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

Extra information on masking

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

This message was originally sent to instructors by Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor, and James W.E. Rush, Vice-President, Academic and Provost.

We have shared a message with everyone today confirming our decision to return to mask-wearing for any indoor activity that is part of academic course delivery. We’re making this change now to protect members of our community as the data trends point to increased levels of COVID and other airborne diseases in circulation. We also want to try to reduce the amount of disruption these trends could cause to the exam season.

We are grateful for your perseverance and support to help students keep learning as the pandemic throws more uncertainty at us all. As instructors, we know you have worked very hard over the last couple of years to make learning a success. Thank you for everything you have done and are doing to give students the best possible Waterloo experience.

We also know you will have detailed questions about what this return to masking will mean for your course activities. To help you, we’re sharing some questions and answers below. If you have other questions, you can discuss them with your associate deans, or email and the team will get back to you as soon as possible. We’ll be updating the COVID-19 website with this information, and any more frequently asked questions the team receives.