Toronto is now in the ‘Red Zone’ – What it means for York University

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An image of the COVID-19 virus. Image: CDC

The following is a message to the community from York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton:

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you will know that on Nov. 14, Toronto moved into the “Red” Control level of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework. As a result, Toronto Public Health has updated their precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This update is to inform you about what this means for York. As always, our first priority is the health and safety of the entire York community.

Based on our initial assessment of the new framework, we have determined that our academic, research and operational requirements are in compliance with the new framework. There is only one minor change being implemented that we would like to highlight.

Effective immediately, York Lanes will restrict the consumption of food and beverages when walking in the mall. Signs are being posted around York Lanes to notify all patrons about this public health requirement.

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises across the province, it remains crucial for everyone to continue following all public health guidelines. When all public health measures are being followed appropriately, the risk of transmission is minimized, and we are contributing to efforts to flatten the rise of new cases.

Public Health is asking all Toronto residents to only leave home for essential activities such as work, education, fresh air and exercise, and to limit contact with people not in their direct households.

We encourage our community to continue adhering to this and other public health measures, such as practising physical distancing, wearing mouth and nose coverings, and maintaining good hand washing hygiene, to prevent the spread of the virus.

The pandemic situation is continually evolving, and the University will continue to monitor it closely. If necessary, York will be prepared to enter into further levels of restrictions, should we be directed to do so or deem such steps necessary for maintaining the safety of our community. Every effort is being made to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of the York community, and compliance with new public health and government guidelines. As always, updates will continue to be posted on the Better Together website.

Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to all York students, staff and faculty for the unwavering commitment being demonstrated every day in supporting one another and the activities of the University.

Yours sincerely,

Rhonda L. Lenton
President and Vice-Chancellor