WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE COMING TO CAMPUS

Protecting the Waterloo Community

Working or studying remotely is the most effective method for eliminating the spread of COVID-19, but we recognize this may not be appropriate for all situations.

If you are returning to campus, you can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus by following the health and safety guidance on this page.

BEFORE COMING TO CAMPUS

  • If you are arriving from outside of Canada, read the quarantine checklist
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment before arriving on campus each day
  • Take the mandatory safety training (employees and graduate students returning for work) Do not come to campus if you are sick, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

ON CAMPUS

  • When on campus, practice physical distancing by keeping a distance of 2 metres away from others
  • Wear a face covering in common indoor spaces
  • Remember to wash or sanitize your hands frequently and to cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow (not your hands)
  • Check-in by connecting to the eduroam Wi-Fi network or by completing the Campus Check-in form every day you visit campus and for every building you visit.

Self-Assessment

To ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus, students and employees are required to monitor themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19.

Before arriving on campus each day, you should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment provided on the Ontario Health West website. This interactive self-assessment tool can help determine how to seek further care. This tool is also available in the WatSAFE app. The self-assessment is only meant as an aid and cannot diagnose you with COVID-19.

Face coverings

A face covering is required in common use areas of University buildings. This includes corridors, lobbies, washrooms, elevators, classrooms, teaching laboratories and meeting rooms, or in any area where physical distancing is a challenge. In employees-only areas, managers will set the expectation with their teams based on physical setup and work activities.

Some exceptions are made for those with medical conditions and other scenarios. Learn more about wearing face coverings on campus.

WHAT KIND OF FACE COVERING CAN I WEAR?

A face covering can be a medical or non-medical mask or other covering that covers the nose, mouth and chin.

WHERE TO GET A MASK

You can bring your own mask or purchase a cloth mask at the W Store.

We will provide two cloth face masks to each employee approved to return to campus. Your manager will order for your team.

OTHER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Additional protective equipment may be needed in specific lab or work settings. Find the latest guidelines for researchers and employees.

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Ordering face masks

Researchers, managers and supervisors: if you are or have employees who are currently working on campus, you should place an order for face masks immediately. You can order cloth face masks from Central Stores using the online stores requisition form (item code 33-0989). Learn more about ordering face masks.

Hygiene

Proper hygiene helps reduce the spread of infectious disease.

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HAND HYGIENE

Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water. When soap and running water is not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good alternative. Learn more about proper hand hygiene.

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RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze and immediately discard the tissue. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately. Learn more about proper respiratory etiquette.

Information for employees

MANDATORY TRAINING

All University of Waterloo employees and graduate students returning to campus for work are required to complete the Returning to Campus Safely During COVID-19 (SO2036) online training module, available on LEARN.

HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES

The Return to Campus Working Group has developed a comprehensive set of Health and Safety Guidelines to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 as we return to campus. Managers and leaders can use this information as they plan for their teams to return. Employees can find additional health and safety guidance to apply to their work environment.

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