What the New COVID-19 Restrictions Mean for York University

What the New COVID-19 Restrictions Mean for York University

As the province announced today, a provincewide emergency brake is being implemented beginning on April 3 at 12:01 a.m. This shutdown will apply to Toronto, which had previously been in “Grey-lockdown” under the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework. We can confirm that this change does not pose any significant impact to on-campus classes that have been planned for the Winter and Summer 2021 term. There is no significant impact on current arrangements/protocol for students living on campus in the Undergraduate Residences, York Apartments or the Quad.

This is undoubtedly a very challenging time for all members of York’s community and the seemingly relentless nature of the pandemic has caused significant fatigue. We must continue to uphold a sense of compassion and kindness as we persevere through this latest phase. As we continue to manage uncertainty and many added responsibilities, there are numerous resources available:

As mentioned, the arrangements that the University has made for the Winter and Summer Terms will remain in place as they adhere closely to the recently announced restrictions. For those with approved access to campus, we remind everyone that:

  • You must complete the screening checklist every day (including those in residence), responding “no” to all questions in order to come on site.
  • Libraries will remain open for contactless curb-side pickup and students with exceptional needs requiring access to book lockers, research appointments, digitization services, photocopiers and computers can contact askusyul@yorku.ca for assistance.
  • Y-Space will remain closed to in-person activities and Innovation York will continue to offer virtual support for affected entrepreneurs and staff.
  • Research activities approved to take place on York’s campuses can continue and researchers with approved access to campuses can continue their work. In-person research remains suspended.

We continue to monitor the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and should any additional information about the impact of these current restrictions on campus activities come forward it will be shared directly with affected students, staff, faculty and instructors. For all the latest updates on York’s response to the pandemic, please continue to visit  YU Better Together.


Lisa Philipps
Provost & Vice-President Academic