University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

Last updated: January 21, 2022

Latest updates

  • January 21: In-person experiences resuming on February 7
    • Most in-person instruction will resume on February 7 including labs, seminars, lectures and tutorials
    • We will continue to deliver some large lectures online until February 28
    • Dining and athletics will reopen at 50% capacity on January 31
    • Read the memo to the UWaterloo Community
  • January 17: Confirming our return to in-person learning and work in February
    • In-person experiences will start to return in February based on advice from public health officials.
    • The earliest we will return to in-person experiences is Monday, February 7. We commit to giving you notice of our intention to resume in-person activities at least 14 days in advance. 
    • Students not currently in Waterloo region, be sure to make your plans for an arrival by the start of in-person activities. To get back to in-person experiences as soon as possible, we need everyone to do their part.
    • Read the memo to the UWaterloo Community
  • January 6: Updates to research activities and international travel
    • Effective today, all in-person human-participant research with vulnerable populations is paused at least until January 27, 2022.
    • We strongly discourage all domestic travel.
    • Travel outside of Canada is not permitted. We will continue to follow the government of Canada travel advice, which could be extended beyond January 12.
    • Read the memo to employees and graduate students
  • January 4: Updates to health and safety information

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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