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Spaces on campus

Keeping our UNB community safe is a shared responsibility. We will rely on each other to maintain a healthy community by taking simple actions such as physical distancing, wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes.

Health and safety requirements

Workspaces, lecture theatres, classrooms and kitchenettes that remain open for use will have room-specific operational health and safety requirements:

  • Mandatory self-screening posters will be placed at all entrances.
  • Hand sanitizing or hand washing is required when entering or leaving the space, and before and after any location or activity change.
  • Physical distancing of at least two metres and the use of community face masks in the presence of others and in common spaces.
  • Shared equipment, devices and appliances must be sanitized before and after each use.
  • To ensure physical distancing, furniture is not to be moved or relocated in rooms.

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Lecture theatres and classrooms

Classroom occupancy is limited as per New Brunswick Public Health directives and timetables have been adjusted to ensure proper distancing and cleaning of classrooms.

  • Sanitizing materials will be available in the spaces and are the responsibility of the building faculty.
  • Entry and exit will be through different doors unless the classroom only has one door in which entry and exiting will adhere to physical distancing of at least two metres. Students are to sit only in chairs that have been identified/marked.
  • Do not move or relocate chairs within the room.


Most common spaces will be closed until further notice including breakrooms and lunchrooms.

  • Only one occupant in kitchenettes is allowed at a time.
  • Communal use of dishes and shared coffee pots is prohibited.
  • All personal dishes must be washed at home.
  • Eating is not permitted in kitchenettes.
  • Do not meet or eat together in other areas as a substitute.

The maximum permissible occupancy for spaces on campus will be set by New Brunswick Public Health. There are no guarantees UNB will allow the maximum use in all its settings.

Study spaces

Bookable study spaces that adhere to physically distancing guidelines have been set up on both campuses. Wi-fi is available on UNB campuses.

In Fredericton, study space is available in the library and the Student Union Building (SUB). The need for more study spaces will be evaluated and adjusted throughout the term as required.
  • Book your preferred type of study space in UNB Libraries using the booking system.
  • Independent study stations in the SUB are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the upper and lower atrium, cafeteria and the Blue Lounge. Email to request study space. Face masks must be worn in the SUB and may be removed only when eating or drinking.

In Saint John, study space is available in the Hans. W. Klohn Commons (HWK) library as well as classrooms that are not being used for teaching. All posted rules and New Brunswick Public Health requirements apply to drop-in classroom space.

  • Book your preferred type of study space at HWK Commons using our online booking system or contact at
  • Breakout rooms in Hazen Hall and Ganong Hall are available for pre-booking by selecting UNB Bookings on the myUNB portal launch menu. Log in with your UNB credentials and follow the directions posted on the page.
  • Drop-in study spaces are available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Ward Chipman 31 and Oland Hall 206. QR codes are posted on the door. You are required to scan the QR code using your mobile device to support New Brunswick Public Health contact tracing. Face masks are required in the drop-in computer labs.
  • See additional study spaces available at UNB Saint John.

Food services

Limited spaces on campus where the UNB community can eat and drink will be available. The locations of these areas are currently being finalized.

UNB Fredericton

  • Tim Hortons and McConnell Hall will remain closed.
  • Other food options on campus will be evaluated and adjusted throughout the term as required.

UNB Saint John

  • The Baird Dining Room is open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and will be closed daily from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. for additional cleaning. On weekends and holidays, the Baird Dining Room will be open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Physically distanced seating is available and take-away options.
  • The Commons Café is open weekdays from 8:15 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Tim Hortons will remain closed. Given its location, we cannot ensure a safe environment with regards to physically distancing.


To ensure physical distancing, we will direct traffic through our buildings by using directional signage on doors, walls and floors. Always remember to look for markings denoting the traffic flow and follow these directions.

Signage will be posted on elevators denoting the maximum occupancy and/or temporary closures unless there is a need for use.

To maintain the safety of students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, do not alter the directional signage in any way. Directional patterns ensure movement within and between buildings and altering one space can impact others. Direct specific concerns to the Environment Health and Safety Office which will then be reviewed with Facilities Management.