Community Care & Support
Toronto is home to more than 3 million people whose diversity and experiences are reflected at York University. This makes Toronto and York University great places to study, work and play.
The Government of Canada has put comprehensive entry and exit protocols in place to help ensure the safety of all travellers and residents. These protocols address all areas that could be affected by the 2019-nCoV.
The most effective ways to prevent illness from spreading continue to be: frequent and thorough hand washing, practicing proper cough and sneezing etiquette and staying home when you are sick. Visit the Toronto Public Health website for more information.
Being a global city, we must take care not to draw assumptions based on culture or ethnicity. There are more than 178 different countries represented at York University and a multitude more cultures within that. This is a point of strength for us.
You may see people wearing a mask, but don’t assume they’re sick. Wearing a mask is a personal choice, and some people choose to wear masks as a form of prevention.
Stay home if you feel sick, check in on friends and be mindful not to draw assumptions based on culture or ethnicity.
It is not uncommon to feel scared and confused, and to place blame while you are trying to make sense of a difficult situation. The best thing we can all do right now is to remain calm and continue to approach all members of the York community with the respect, empathy and kindness we all deserve. We must remind ourselves to be aware of how our words and actions might affect others, particularly now, when some might be feeling isolated or frightened.
Please remember York is a community that values diversity and inclusion and we encourage everyone to look out for one another. Let us all continue to be an example of a deeply caring and kind community.
Government of Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210