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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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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. Users should access the courtyard from the gate facing Big Chico Creek, between Butte and Holt Halls. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–7 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–Thursday 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 530-898-5222 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 530-898-5222 immediately.

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, located in Student Services Center, Room 196 (map), is open Monday–Thursday, 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

As of November 20, 2020, The Grove indoor study space is temporarily closed due to spikes in COVID-19 cases in Butte County and its shift to Tier 1 (purple). 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 University recognizes the importance of indoor study space and will continue to monitor local COVID-19 conditions and pursue opportunities to reopen The Grove and additional on-campus study spaces as conditions improve. Chico State’s campus and grounds are open and students may take advantage of outdoor study spaces and expanded Wi-Fi. 

Residence Halls

Chico State has discontinued most campus housing for the fall semester.

Bell Memorial Union & Wildcat Store

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

Wildcat Recreation Center

Starting October 19, the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) will be open on a limited basis Monday–Friday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. The WREC will offer three, 75-minute daily sessions with 90-minute cleaning breaks in between sessions when the WREC will be closed.

Guests must sign up through the WREC website for specific workout areas such as weight rooms, cardio and individual-workout spaces, weight machines, and climbing wall.

Monday–Friday Hours of Operation

  • 12–1:15 p.m.
  • 2:45–4 p.m.
  • 5:30–6:45 p.m.

Individuals will be required to wear facial coverings at all times inside the WREC and staff will monitor people entering through three main entrances for face-covering compliance. Showers will not be available and contact activities, such as basketball, will be prohibited.

The WREC hopes to increase capacity to six daily sessions and approximately 600 people a day over the duration of the fall semester as the county continues to mitigate COVID-19 cases.

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

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