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Health and Safety FAQ

For information on what we are doing to prioritize campus safety, refer to the FAQ below.

What about people who want to come on campus for reasons besides school?

Individuals wishing to host events, meetings, or other gatherings can refer to the below information if seeking to request access to campus spaces for various activities. Space(s) will be assigned at the discretion of the Events, Academic Scheduling, and Recreation Services Offices.

Campus is open to students, faculty, and staff from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, the main campus is only accessible via the front entrance of Centennial Hall. Students, faculty, and staff should be prepared to show ID to gain entry to campus.

Are masks required on campus?

Masking is highly recommended but not mandatory. The UWinnipeg Safety Office, located in room 0GM05 in Graham Hall, has masks and rapid antigen tests available for non-symptomatic students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We ask our community to exhibit compassion with respect to an individual’s choice regarding masking.

Have measures been taken to enhance ventilation systems on campus?

We recognize the importance of effective ventilation systems and how they can help interrupt possible virus transmission. Our Building Infrastructure group is responsible for the safe and efficient operations of all HVAC systems on campus. Their team utilizes guidance from

Public Health and other entities such as ASHRAE to ensure compliance with the most recent regulations related to reducing the spread of COVID-19. View a complete list of enhancements to our building ventilation system.

What health supports are available if staff or students experience COVID symptoms on campus?

The Health and Safety Office has a process in place if someone becomes sick on campus. For more details, visit the Health and Safety Office website. (If you are looking for information specific to faculty and staff, visit the Faculty and Staff FAQ)

What can individuals do to prevent COVID-19 from spreading?

Wear a well-fitted mask and get vaccinated. If you have not already made an appointment to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so

Common prevention measures include: regular hand washing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser; covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing; and avoiding contact with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing.

It is important to wash your hands before you put your mask on, as well as:

  • after coughing or sneezing;
  • when caring for a sick person;
  • before, during, and after food preparation;
  • before eating;
  • after toilet use; and
  • when hands are visibly dirty.

For further information on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, review the FAQs provided by Manitoba Public Health and protective measures and myth busters provided by the World Health Organization.

What is UWinnipeg doing to prevent this virus from spreading on campus?

We have made a number of changes to our campus operations to help safeguard the health of the UWinnipeg community. Please see our student FAQ or faculty and staff FAQ for answers to your questions on how this will impact you.

If students, faculty, or staff suspect they have been exposed to the virus, what should they do?

Please follow public health advice on when and how to self-isolate to stop Covid-19 from spreading. Contact your health care provider or Health Links at 204.788.8200 or toll-free 1.888. 315.9257. 

If I hear that a member of the UWinnipeg community is self-isolating, does that mean they have COVID-19?

No, that does not necessarily mean they have COVID-19. Community members who are self-isolating may simply be following the guidance of the provincial medical health officer after travelling, or they may be following standard infection control precautions as guided by their physician, for a completely separate medical issue.

Please maintain confidentiality if staff or students tell you they need to miss work due to COVID-19 or any other communicable illness.

It is important to remember that every member of our university community should be treated with respect and dignity. No person should be targeted in any way or subjected to discrimination resulting from a misplaced perception that they may be a carrier of a communicable disease based on their perceived disability, race, ancestry, place of origin or otherwise.