UPDATE: Toronto Lockdown and impact on York U campuses

UPDATE: Toronto Lockdown and impact on York U campuses

The new restrictions announced by the provincial government for Toronto and Peel regions effective Monday, November 23, will have minor impact on current approved on-campus activities at York University.

Courses will continue to be offered online/remotely. On-campus courses will continue; contact your instructor if you have questions about attending. Research and currently approved in-person activities will continue, with a few exceptions listed below.

Anyone approved to be on campus – those living in the Undergraduate residences, York Apartments or The Quad, taking in-person courses, conducting research or ongoing academic activities – continue to be approved until further notice. If you were scheduled to be on campus this week for approved activities, please come as planned.

Effective Monday November 23, the following changes will be in effect.

  • Gatherings: Indoor private gatherings with people outside of a household is prohibited. An individual living alone can gather with another individual in a similar situation. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people. The no guest policy still applies for residences.
  • Fitness Facilities: All indoor gyms are now closed until further notice.
  • Libraries: Remain open for contactless curbside pick-up (Book Lockers), access to photocopiers and computers until further notice.
  • Study Spaces: Will close until further notice. Students with exceptional needs requiring study space are asked to contact askusyul@yorku.ca for assistance. Limited library staff will remain on site for Book Locker support, research appointments, digitization services and access arrangements for photocopiers and computers.
  • Food Services: Service remains takeout only, and all seating in dining halls and other food service outlets remains closed.
  • York Lanes: The pharmacy, grocery store, bank, dental and medical operations are permitted to continue operations in compliance with capacity restrictions.
  • Psychology Clinic: Continues to operate virtually with limited in-person psychological/psychoeducational assessments only.
  • If you’re a Keele student experiencing anxiety or stress, please reach out to Student Counselling & Development at 416-736-5297 or visit the website counselling.students.yorku.ca to learn about remote access of services.
  • Glendon students can access individual counselling through Glendon’s Accessibility, Well-Being & Counselling.
  • GradConnect Wellness Services support York’s graduate students. You can request a confidential Wellness Consultation by phone, email or online to discuss coping with stress and anxiety.

To help keep everyone safe, do not come to campus for non-essential needs during this lockdown period.

For those approved to be on campus, please continue to follow the University’s screening and health and safety protocols and:

Support & Resources

If you have questions or concerns about staying safe on or off campus, please contact the Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR) between Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at oscr@yorku.ca or 416-736-5231. You can also reach out to OSCR if you need referrals and support, both internal and external to York, help with complex issues or assistance with personal issues related to the pandemic.

For the most current information, we encourage all community members to visit the YU Better Together website on a regular basis.

Be safe,

Lucy Fromowitz
Vice-Provost Students