Updates for the U of A community, week ending June 11

Updates based on Alberta’s Stage 2 | Take Your Shot - Get Vaccinated | Employee Survey

11 June 2021

Posted: June 11, 3:40 p.m.

With Alberta now in Stage 2 of reopening, please remember that the University of Alberta is staying the course with a phased re-entry process. This means that everyone currently working from home must continue to do so until notified otherwise.

It also means that the Summer 2021 term will remain as originally scheduled.

Update for Researchers

The U of A has lifted its temporary enhanced safety measures for on-campus research and is returning to the level of restrictions in place at the start of May 2021. All previously approved research will be able to resume with physical distancing in place. Learn more by visiting the COVID-19 Response Information for Researchers and Research Groups webpage.

Library Curbside Pickup has reopened on North and Augustana Campuses

The U of A Library has reopened Curbside Pickup at both Rutherford and Augustana libraries as of Tuesday, June 1. See more details about Curbside Pickup.

Cameron Library is reopening on Mon, June 14

Cameron Library, first floor and basement, will open for individual study as of Monday, Jun 14, Mon-Fri. Access will be by OneCard swipe and advance bookings are required.

Hours for Cameron Library will be:

  • Mon to Fri: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat-Sun, Stat. holidays: Closed

Visit the library website for advance booking and more details.

U of A Recreation Facilities Re-opening Schedule

The U of A’s sport and recreation facilities will be launching a phased reopening for registered drop-in, in-person programs and activities (with consideration for the status of public health measures at that time; we will continue to monitor government announcements and assess new information as it becomes available).

The phased reopening will begin on June 14 with Saville Community Sports Centre - Indoor Tennis Centre, Foote Field the Van Vliet Complex Aquatics Centre-West Pool (rentals). The next phase will start on June 21. Visit the Campus & Community Recreation website to see the current reopening schedule.

Faculty and Staff Fall 2021 Readiness Survey

This quick 3-minute survey is open to all U of A employees. Results from the survey will help the Fall 2021 Readiness Working Group gauge how faculty and staff are currently feeling and determine what information they’re hoping to see as the plans for the phased campus re-entry process take shape.

Faculty and staff are invited to complete the survey by 4:00 pm MST on Friday, June 18, 2021. Click here to complete the survey. Note: Google CCID login is required. 

Retail Outlets on Campus - What’s Open

As part of Alberta’s Stage 2 reentry, retail outlets can resume to ⅓ of their fire code capacity. Some retail spaces in SUB and HUB are open for business - please visit the website of the business you are interested in visiting to confirm hours of operation and access requirements. A few examples of open retail outlets include The Bookstore, the University Health Centre Pharmacy, SUBmart, SUBprint.

Take Your Shot and Get Fully Vaccinated

Vaccination bookings for both first and second doses can now be made in Alberta. The booking schedule for second doses is based on the timing of your first dose:

First Dose Received

Second Dose Bookings Start

Before April 30

Available to schedule now


June 28

People who are profoundly immunocompromised and meet the eligibility criteria can book their second doses earlier.

Second doses boost our immunity and provide the greatest protection against COVID-19 and the identified variants. While first doses are a step towards limiting the impacts of COVID-19, the second dose is needed to experience the full benefits of available vaccines. Get each of your shots when you can.

Learn more about getting vaccinated on North Campus.

(Includes information about vaccines available through the University Health Centre and the UHC Pharmacy.)

For information about off-campus vaccination bookings, visit the Alberta Health Services website.

U of A Summer Camps

Based on current public health restrictions, the U of A’s annual summer camps are planning for what their programming might look like this summer. Some are planning for online delivery, while others will be preparing for the possibility of in-person programming. To stay up to date on the camp of your choice, visit the applicable website including: DiscoverE Camps, Green and Gold Sport Camps, Faculty of Science Summer Camps.

AHS Ramping Down the Pandemic Response Unit in the Butterdome

Alberta Health Services have announced that they will be decommissioning the Butterdome pandemic response unit located on North Campus. The entire decommissioning process is expected to take about two weeks. Although no patients were served in the temporary response unit, the U of A is pleased to have been ready to help the local health care system had the space been needed. We’re happy to see that the tipping point to open the unit was not reached.

General inquiries: U of A Public Health Response Team, phrtinfo@ualberta.ca

COVID-19 Rapid Response support for on-campus supervisors, instructors and activity coordinators: U of A Rapid Response Triage Team, phrt.triage@ualberta.