What is the University doing to make sure York’s campuses are safe as possible during a phased return?

York is guided by public health and government directives as well as coordination within the university sector in Ontario. Given York’s unique environment and challenges, our plan will serve the entire community, including all faculties, programs, and campuses. To help ensure a safe environment where everyone can feel comfortable returning to campus, the following procedures are being implemented:

  • Physical distancing procedures for classrooms (which will be re-arranged), shared offices, libraries, research and teaching labs and other spaces.
  • Signage that encourages and instructs everyone to practice physical distancing and proper hand hygiene
  • Signs indicating maximum occupancy in rooms and elevators.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting in high traffic areas in keeping with guidelines from Public Health Ontario.
  • New sanitizer dispensers will be installed across both campuses.
  • Protective measures such as Plexiglass barriers and sneeze guards will be installed in high traffic areas where maintaining physical distancing is not possible.

Non-medical fabric mouth and nose covers will be available to students, faculty and staff who are required to be on campus, to be used when physical distancing is not possible. The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised that when worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mouth and nose coverings can reduce the spread of their own respiratory droplets.  Where are non-medial mouth and nose covers required?

 As of July 9, the wearing of non-medical mouth and nose coverings is mandatory where maintaining two-metre physical distancing is not possible or predictable in common and shared spaces within buildings on both the Keele and Glendon campuses. These spaces include, but are not limited to, academic buildings including classrooms, administrative buildings, meeting rooms, common areas in all residences, washrooms, corridors, and elevators.

As an indoor mall, the requirements associated with the bylaw were implemented at York Lanes, effective July 7.

Who is eligible to receive non-medical mouth and nose covers?

York University will provide two non-medical mouth and nose coverings to York University community members who are currently required to be physically present to work on campus or who are living in residence on campus. Signs will be posted at the entrances to all buildings reminding community members of the need to wear their non-medical mouth and nose covering while indoors.

Will York be screening those who are already on campus as well as those who are returning?

To protect York’s community members from exposure to COVID-19, the University will be implementing both passive and active screening processes.

For example:

  • Passive screening: includes notices and instructions on the website and posted signage.
  • Active screening: is screening which is done through a form of outreach and includes communicating the screening requirements and screening checklist directly to individuals.

Additional information can be found at:


Please visit https://yulink-new.yorku.ca/documents/20182/12787045/COVID-19+Self+disclosure+screening+and+incident+mgmt/1962346f-adf9-4f35-b6d8-b27a91f8d98a for more information.

If I live in residence, will I need to wear a mouth & nose covering?

On July 7, 2020 the City of Toronto made wearing masks or other face coverings within enclosed public spaces mandatory. York University has chosen to apply a similar requirement. Effective July 10, 2020, wearing of non-medical mouth & nose coverings when maintaining two metres of physical distance is not possible or predictable, is mandatory in common and shared spaces within buildings on both the Keele and Glendon campuses. Spaces include, but are not limited to meeting rooms, common areas in all residences, laundry facilities, washrooms, corridors and elevators.

If you’re in the Undergrad Residences, the York Apartments or the Quad, information about how to obtain a non-medical mouth & nose covering from York was emailed to you.

How can I receive my non-medical mouth & nose covering from York, and how do I take care of it?

If you live in a York Undergraduate Residence, one (1) package of two non-medical mouth & nose coverings will be delivered to you.

If you live in the Quad, one (1) package of two non-medical mouth & nose coverings will be delivered to you by building management.

If you live in the York Apartments, one package of two none-medical mouth & nose coverings will be delivered for yourself, along with an additional package for each dependent in your household on campus.

The packages will include instructions for wearing and caring for (including laundering) your non-medical mouth & nose covering. These instructions are also available online.

If you are not available when the packages are being delivered, non-medical mouth & nose coverings will also be available from the following pick-up locations. You will be required to present your YU-Card or student number.

  • YU-card office (200 William Small Centre, Keele campus)
    Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Parcel Pickup Outlet location (in York Lanes opposite the Bookstore, Keele campus)
    Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Housing & Hospitality office (1 Greenhouse, Glendon campus)
    Monday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon

What if I do not want to return to campus because I am concerned for my health and safety?

York has joined all other GTA Universities and many large organizations in supporting the City of Toronto’s request to continuing remote work until at least fall 2020.

This means that for most of our community, work will continue in the same way it has since March 20, 2020. However, there are some activities that will require staff to return to campus to support the phased return to campus this summer.

Staff are encouraged to speak with their manager if they have any concerns regarding their return to campus. Health and safety considerations are our utmost priority to ensure that all members of the York community remain well. Requests for medical accommodation are can be made through the Employee Well-Being office https://mhw.info.yorku.ca/organization/employee-well-being-office/. Requests for family accommodation can be made through the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion https://rights.info.yorku.ca/.