Don’t travel outside of your home unless it is essential

Friday, October 9, 2020

Earlier today, the Province of Ontario introduced tighter restrictions for three parts of the province to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

The new tighter restrictions apply to Toronto, Ottawa and Peel. With a record-high of cases of COVID-19 reported by the province today, however, I want to take this opportunity to be clear about the University’s message to our entire community:

Please follow government advice and don’t travel outside of your home unless it is essential.

As I said earlier this week, I strongly reiterate that that we recommend you avoid all travel for the rest of the fall term. In light of the new instructions from the government this means you should not travel to Toronto, Ottawa or Peel at all for the next 28 days. The government is also asking everyone to stay home unless it is for essential purposes. Essential purposes include travelling to work or school.

We have to look out for each other as the virus continues to spread. Please change your plans to virtual visits this weekend and during reading week. Try to limit any travel you do outside your home and always wear a mask, wash your hands and a keep physical distance of two meters.

I know for many of you this will mean changing plans for the Thanksgiving weekend. Please know that if you are struggling or need support during this difficult period, we have support available if you need it.

How to get support

We encourage members of the campus community who feel they need support to contact any of the following resources:

  • Students: We understand many of our students have family members in areas affected by COVID-19. If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health or Counselling Services.
  • Employees: Our Employee and Family Assistance Program is available 24/7 for counselling, coaching and support. Call 1-800-663-1142 or visit Homeweb.ca.

You can also access the Wellness Together Canada program that will provide mental health and substance abuse support to all Canadians experiencing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. These community supports are available as well: