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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Campus Facilities and Operations

This page covers facility and operations modifications for the campus. While University functions continue online—visit department websites to see how to access their services—some essential in-person operations continue or are available in a modified form.

**Note: Face coverings are required on campus indoors and outside when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance.

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Tier-Based Activities Guidelines 

The University has created guidelines to clarify which campus activities and uses are allowed on campus during each COVID-19 tier as designated by the State of California. These guidelines outline the maximum allowance by tier and category. Final approval will be based on the priority of health and safety for all students, faculty, and staff. 

Tier-Based Activities Guidelines  (PDF)

Outdoor Study Spaces

While in-person campus services remain very limited due to health and safety concerns, Chico State’s campus and grounds are still open. We welcome students to utilize the following outdoor study spaces we’ve set up with strong Wi-Fi:

  • Table seating with umbrellas: Existing covered tables are in place outside Selvester’s Café-by-the-Creek, in front of the Bell Memorial Union, and between the Meriam Library and the Student Services Center.
  • Outdoor tent in Warrens Center courtyard: A large open-air tent is available to students with tables, chairs, and power strips for charging devices. Access the courtyard from the gate facing Big Chico Creek, between Butte and Holt Halls. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. with two 30-minute closures for cleaning and sanitizing.

As always, we ask that you wear a face covering if maintaining six feet of physical distance from others isn’t possible.

Check out this map of all outdoor Wi-Fi coverage(opens in new window) on campus. (Please make sure “Services,” then “Outdoor Wi-Fi coverage areas,” are checked.) 

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure, we ask students to study at home or in other non-public spaces off campus when possible, and to utilize outdoor campus spaces only if they have no other option.

WellCat Health Center

The WellCat Health Center(map) is open Monday–Friday by appointment only for regular health services. Visit the WellCat Health Center website for the latest information.

As usual, for regular after-hours or emergency care, students should use Enloe Medical Center or Enloe Prompt Care Clinics.

If you are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, call ahead before visiting any medical center so they can be prepared to receive you. Students, faculty, or staff experiencing symptoms may call the WellCat Health Center COVID-19 hotline at 530-898-2222 for information and assistance.

Outside of WellCat Health Center hotline hours, the campus community should contact the Butte County Public Health Department at 530-552-4000 or their health care provider.

All positive COVID-19 tests staff should be reported to the COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222 immediately.

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, located in Student Services Center, Room 196 (map), is open Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (or by appointment) for grab-and-go bags for Chico State students, employees, and their families.

Meriam Library

Physical books and media are available for checkout from Meriam Library by reserving online and picking up in-person outside the library. The library also provides online research resources including e-books and articles and virtual research support, including 24/7 chat support and the ability to schedule Zoom appointments with librarians. View all available library services.

The Grove Indoor Study Space

The Grove (MLIB 130), located on the first floor of the library, was reconfigured to meet physical-distancing guidelines to be able to operate as a study space available for 90-minute reservations. 

The space is open for currently enrolled Chico State students (Wildcat ID required) Sunday–Thursday, 12–8 p.m., and Friday–Saturday, 12–5:30 p.m., by seat reservation only. View additional information about registration, services available, and more on the Meriam Library website.

Residence Halls

Chico State is providing limited campus housing for the spring semester in the University Village apartment-style residences with single-occupancy rooms and bathrooms. Find the latest information on University Housing's website.

Bell Memorial Union & Wildcat Store

The Bell Memorial Union (BMU) is closed for the spring semester. The Wildcat Store is open and will offer curbside pickup during store hours.

Wildcat Recreation Center

The Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) has opened a fully equipped, outdoor exercise complex located in the parking structure across from the WREC at Second and Cherry Streets. The facility is open for student use only, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. An entry-time reservation is required to avoid crowding.

Upon entry, students can choose from several exercise spaces for as much time as they need to complete their workout. As part of our safety protocol, temperature checks will be performed at check-in, and masks are required upon entry and at all times during your workout. Students will also be handed a sanitation kit to help keep our equipment clean.

The outdoor facility is fully equipped with nonelectric WREC equipment, including:

  • Squat racks
  • Weight machines
  • Spin bikes
  • Nonelectric treadmills
  • Rowing machines
  • Free weights
  • Other equipment: Bands, jump ropes, bosu balls, med balls, plyo boxes, steps, kettlebells, etc.

We also have a large turf area available for socially distance individual exercise. Group exercise classes, including Spin, Abs, and Butts ‘n Guts may also be available for in-person reservation and will also continue to be hosted online.

The WREC pool is open by appointment only and for members only (no guest passes are available).

Visit the WREC website for the most up-to-date access and service information.

Museums and Galleries

University museums and galleries including the Gateway Science MuseumJanet Turner Print Museum, University Art Gallery, and Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology remain open virtually only.

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve is open for public use in accordance with their existing guidelines, with the addition that face coverings should be worn outside when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance.

University Farm

The University Farm is closed to the public until further notice. Farm staff are working remotely except as needed under critical infrastructure guidelines outlined by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the US Department of Agriculture. Staff are still available by phone and email