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Latest COVID-19 Recovery updates

May 18, 2022 — 

Below are the latest updates and news as of May 18, 2022. For further information, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.

Effective May 4: Guidelines for Summer Term

Beginning on May 4 and effective for the duration of the Summer Term, UM will no longer require staff, students or visitors coming to our campus to have proof of vaccination. Masks, however, will continue to be mandatory in indoor spaces.

As of May 4, KN95 masks are highly recommended, but 3-ply medical masks (minimum ASTM Grade 2) will also be acceptable. Regardless of the mask type, please ensure your mask is fitted properly to maintain maximum effectiveness.

Beginning May 2, distribution sites for both types of masks are open in:

  • Machray Hall (Fort Garry campus)
  • UMSU University Centre (Fort Garry campus)
  • Brodie Centre (Bannatyne campus)

These sites will remain open for two weeks, after which employees/faculty can pick up masks from their unit/faculty and students, from their faculty.

See the mask use section on the Health and Safety page of the COVID website for more information and distribution locations.

The majority of classes will be held in-person in Summer Term, but UM will continue to offer an important complement of Distance Education courses.

Continued health and safety protocols

The Province of Manitoba’s public health order requiring masks in public places ended on March 15 (except in health-care facilities), as well as the public health order for isolation of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The university has carefully considered its health and safety protocols, and our current protocols continue to apply including mask requirements as noted above.

We strongly advise you to follow UM’s existing self-isolation protocols. Please continue to report positive COVID-19 cases on our campuses to help track COVID-19 at UM.

Most importantly, please stay home when you are sick. Employee sick time or remote work arrangements (where possible) can be used for self-isolation – please connect with your supervisor to make required arrangements. Students should work directly with instructors to seek reasonable accommodation.

Please refer to UM’s Health and Safety Protocols page for other important information.

Return to in-person activity

In person activity, including events, have resumed on campus with no approvals required for activities involving 100 people or less, where alcohol is not served. All activities must follow UM’s health and safety protocols.

For activities of 100 people or more, or where alcohol is served:

  • Faculty/Unit-based events will require approval from the dean or unit head.
  • Student-led activities on and off campus will require approval from the Vice-Provost (Students), Laurie Schnarr.
  • All other activities will require an in-person activity request form to be submitted to the COVID Recovery Steering committee at crsc [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.

Reporting illness

If you are not feeling well, stay at home or immediately go home.

Process charts are available on the COVID health and safety page for those who are feeling unwell or are close contacts.

Close contacts are people who have shared space with a COVID-positive person during their period of communicability.  Specifically, these are people who were within two metres/six feet of a COVID-positive individual for a total of 10 minutes over a 24-hour period.  

If you are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 and need to self-isolate:

  • Students enrolled in an in-person course should immediately contact their instructor to make arrangements for extensions, deferrals or make-up assignments without academic penalty. The missed academic work form can be used to help communicate with your instructor.
  • Faculty and instructors teaching in-person should contact their dean or department head to make alternate arrangements for the course instruction.
  • Staff working on campus should contact their supervisor to discuss their absence from work or if possible, make remote work arrangements.


A COVID-19 Case Reporting Form is available on the COVID website. Please complete the form to report a positive COVID case on a UM campus, identified by either PCR or Rapid Antigen tests.

In the case of exposure on a UM campus, the university will publish a daily notice of the date(s)/time(s)/location(s) an exposure may have occurred. Please check the Health and Safety Protocols page regularly.

UM’s Health and Safety Protocols page is regularly updated with everything you need to know about masking, testing and other important information.


All adults (age 18+) can receive a booster shot (third dose) of a COVID-19 vaccine and it is strongly recommended to receive your booster as soon as you are eligible. Boosters are available at any location that offers the COVID-19 vaccine. A six-month timeframe between second and third doses continues to be recommended for most Manitobans. A shorter timeline is recommended for some groups. Visit the Province of Manitoba website for eligibility criteria and information on where to book a vaccine.

University Health Service is offering both Pfizer and Moderna boosters. Call 204-474-8411 to book an appointment.

For more information about vaccines and UM’s vaccine requirement, please visit our Vaccine Information page.

Helpful information about vaccines

See our FAQs and short videos for more information about vaccination, including how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work and how they were developed, and how we know they are safe.


The Manitoba COVID-19 Vaccine Shot Finder is an online service where the public can search for locations that offer the COVID-19 vaccine in their area. There are locations across the city and province, including 28 clinics/pharmacies that offer the COVID-19 vaccine within a 5 km radius of the William Norrie Centre (485 Selkirk Avenue). For more information, visit the website.

University Health Service is currently offering both Moderna and Pfizer to the general public by appointment only by calling 204-474-8411, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. For more information, visit the University Health Service webpage.

For more information about vaccines and UM’s vaccine requirement, please visit our Vaccine Information page.


The University of Manitoba has engaged environmental testing consultants Pinchin Ltd to test the performance of the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems that serve its facilities. These systems are designed to meet or exceed applicable ASHRAE standards for indoor air quality.


  • Recreation Services is operating and all sport and recreation facilities are open to 100 per cent capacity.
  • Participants using the indoor sport and recreation facilities may remove their face mask while actively engaged in physical activity. Movement in between equipment/activities will require masking at all times.

For more information, visit the Sport and Recreation Facilities and COVID-19 page.

Research Involving Human Subjects

As the pandemic evolves, research protocols involving human subjects are no longer subject to review or approval through the COVID-19 Recovery Steering Committee (CRSC) process, except for:

  • Protocols that require individuals who are ineligible for a vaccine to attend on campus
  • Protocols that require in-person activity to be conducted in northern or Indigenous communities.

Visit the COVID-19 information page for researchers for more information.


Permission for university-related travel no longer requires Dean authorization regarding COVID considerations. However, any pre-COVID permissions or processes remain in place.

UM employees are advised to budget for unexpected delays in return-travel plans due to a possible positive COVID test. Any costs that result from testing positive for COVID-19 must be covered by the fund supporting the travel. Visit the COVID-19 information page for researchers for more information.

For student travel information, visit the international student page on the COVID website.  


Check status of campus businesses and services including libraries, recreation facilities and dining spaces


From May 11-17, 2022, there were 8 reported positive COVID-19 cases on UM campuses. There have been a total of 512 positive COVID-19 cases at UM since the beginning of the 2020 academic year. Please visit the COVID cases section of the COVID website for more information.


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