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COVID-19: Guidelines for safe gatherings on campus

Keeping you safe during your in-person events.

Current status of public health measures

The University of Ottawa bases its health and safety decisions on public health measures in place at the provincial and municipal levels.

As the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and Ottawa-Gatineau continues to improve, the University of Ottawa has adjusted its practices with respect to gatherings. 

Given the difficulties inherent in predicting the evolution of the pandemic and the emergence of new variants, current uOttawa guidelines on gatherings may change at any time as new public health guidelines or expert recommendations arise.

Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of the latest information prior to the start of their reservation.

What can we do on campus?

Updated June 1, 2022

Reservations limited to: internal and student groups. Due to limited resources, we will only begin accepting external reservations in January 2023.

Guidelines for safe gatherings on campus

Updated June 1, 2022

Mandatory vaccination policy

As of April 30, 2022, the mandatory vaccination policy is no longer in effect. However, we strongly encourage all members of our community to be vaccinated as recommended by public health authorities.

Mandatory mask policy

Given our proximity to hospitals, where mask mandates remain in effect, and the fact that many members of our community work directly with patients receiving care, current mandatory masking requirements remain in effect indoors at University facilities on the Alta Vista campus, including Roger Guindon Hall (RGN), 600 Peter Morand, and 850 Peter Morand. Masks will continue to be made available at these locations. These requirements will remain in place until further notice.  

As of June 1, 2022, it is no longer mandatory to wear masks on Lees campus and the main campus, but we encourage everyone to do what they feel is safest and to respect the decisions of others. 

Event capacity

  • Your event capacity will be based on the capacity confirmed by the coordinator assigned to your event. Normally, it will be up to 100% of the capacity of the space. 
  • Although two-meter physical distancing is not mandatory, we highly recommend that you provide for this when choosing a space.

As an event organizer, you will continue to work closely with your Conventions and Reservations coordinator to implement a health and safety plan (PDF, 277KB). Your coordinator will send you the latest in-person COVID-19 checklist and best practices to help you host your event. This document includes directives and best practices on:

  • Conducting COVID-19 screening
  • Encouraging physical distancing and putting in place environmental measures
  • Implementing hand sanitizing, cleaning, and disinfection 
  • Providing face-coverings and personal protective equipment 
  • Enacting safety guidelines and mitigating risks 
  • Compiling participant lists with full contact information, which are mandatory to track participant numbers and for contact tracing by Ottawa Public Health, if necessary.
  • Ensuring that all participants and speakers comply with Government of Canada COVID-19 travel requirements.

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