McGill current operational status – Coronavirus information

Changes to McGill’s operations, including its academic activities, are happening rapidly, as we respond to government directives to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. To help the members of the McGill community keep track, we have created this handy guide.

Montreal is currently in the Green Alert level.

Current as of  August 31, 2021

Teaching / academics


General teaching

Fall courses mostly in person, with some exceptions for large classes.

Study Hubs and Flex-Spaces

As of September 1, study hubs and flex-spaces across campuses will be open for students. For a full list of spaces, click here.


Assessment may be in-person or online.

Internships (stages)

Allowed, following the public health restrictions and employers’ protocols

Health and Safety Measures


Visiting campus

Employees must fill out the Daily Self-Assessment Form in the Personal tab on Minerva before coming to campus 

Physical distancing

  • No distancing in classrooms, with certain exceptions
  • One metre: in common areas, including shared research spaces, laboratories, offices and other workplaces
  • Two metres: required when eating or drinking, in fitness centres or when singing or playing woodwind or brass instruments
  • More information and exceptions

Procedural Masks

  • Required in all indoor spaces at McGill.
  • For students: must wear procedural masks in classrooms and teaching labs at all times.
    NOTE: Eating and drinking in classrooms and teaching labs is prohibited, with the exception of a quick drink of water, if necessary.
  • For staff: procedural masks are strongly encouraged, even when seated and maintaining two-metre distancing. Staff may continue to remove their mask if alone in a room with a door closed, or if separated by a physical barrier from others.


Student services


Student ID (ServicePoint)

By appointment only at Service Point or the Macdonald Campus Student Affairs Office

Student Wellness Hub

Primarily in-person services by appointment only, Monday through Thursday, with limited remote services also available


General services



Open for university business only. Not open to general public. For access to ROAAr click here.

IT Services

Available remotely

Fitness centres

Open at limited capacity. Time slots must be booked in advance.
Recreational fitness activities Check the Athletics & Recreation website for a full list of available activities.

Food Services (non-Residence)

Most outlets are currently closed; will open at the start of term.

Mac Shuttle Bus

Running - Note: bus is primarily for students taking classes on both campuses and not for commuting.

Staff and student Dental Clinic

Open by appointment only




Staff whose duties require on-campus presence

Come to work

Staff who cannot work from home

Come to work

Staff who can work from home, and whose duties do not require on-campus presence

As of August 16, administrative and support staff return to work approximately 30% of time

Academic staff can come to campus as required

In-person meetings 

In-person meetings allowed, with appropriate distancing and masks.




Research – on-campus and off-campus

Research that can be conducted remotely should be done remotely
If research cannot be conducted remotely, it is allowed, with previously approved resumption plans

In-person research with human participants – on and off campus

Some limited research with in-person human participants will be allowed to continue. Learn more here.



Some events allowed. See guidelines for details.



Allowed with a McGill sponsor


General operations


Building access

No card access as of August 16


Delivery Hubs close August 13

Construction projects


Travel University-sponsored travel is suspended. Exemptions can be granted by Deans and AVPs only for mission-critical time-sensitive travel within Canada.
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