COVID-19 Updates

The health, safety and well-being of our community members is a top priority. Trinity College continues is working closely with the University of Toronto to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and to follow the advice and directives of government and public health authorities to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in our community.

As directed by the provincial State of Emergency declared on March 17, 2020, all Trinity College buildings will be closed as of 11:59 pm, March 17, 2020 to the public. On March 23, 2020 Premier Doug Ford announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces, except for a list of essential services, effective at 11:59 on March 24, 2020. As directed by government and public health authorities, all Trinity College buildings (Trinity proper, St. Hilda’s College, Gerald Larkin, John W. Graham Library/Munk School), are closed to everyone, other than essential workers who are critical to our campus and residential operations for residence students who are unable to return home at this time. Although our doors at Trinity College are closed, our staff, faculty and instructors are working remotely to provide essential services and supports. As this is an evolving situation, further decisions may be made on short notice. Thank you for your understanding.

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Events at Trinity College

As of March 12, the University recommends the cancellation or postponement of all discretionary events that are not required as part of courses and academic requirements. The health, safety and well-being of our community members is very important to us. We regret to inform you that owing to the current situation with COVID-19, the College made the difficult decision to cancel or reschedule all in-person events at Trinity from March 12 through to April 30, 2020. The College will continue to assess the situation and will update the community with respect to events after April 30.

Important Updates for the University community

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Best ways to protect yourself: frequent hand washing and social distancing

What can I do to protect myself?

  • As usual, continue to practise good hand washing techniques and hygiene practices. This includes washing thoroughly and often with soap and warm water, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, staying at home or in your residence room if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, and avoid shaking hands, since the virus can be spread this way.
  • Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health is recommending social distancing as a way to minimize COVID-19 transmission in the community. Social distancing measures include: keeping 2 metres (6 feet) apart from others; avoiding mass gatherings and avoiding crowds. View social distancing poster (PDF)

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please start by visiting the Ministry of Health website and taking the self-assessment.

Self-Isolation Guidance

Based on the guidance of public health officials, the University is directing all members of our community and visitors to our three campuses and our off-campus sites to do the following:

  • If you have travelled from anywhere outside Canada, including the United States, please self-isolate for 14 days. If you travelled internationally and returned to Canada prior to March 13, you do NOT need to self-isolate unless you travelled from areas designated by government travel advisories as affected areas prior to March 13 (China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and S. Korea).
  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing), please call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your primary care provider’s office.
  • Call ahead prior to visiting any healthcare provider and let them know about your travel history and symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing) so they can make special arrangements to see you quickly, provide testing, and ensure that they use proper infection control measures.
    International Travel

Based on the guidance of public health officials, the University is advising all members of its community to avoid all non-essential travel abroad and to avoid all cruise ship travel.





Telehealth Ontario: Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Phone: 1-866-797-0000
  • TTY: 1-866-797-0007

University of Toronto Health Services (for students)

  • St. George Campus Health & Wellness Centre: 416-978-8030
  • UTM Health & Counselling Centre: 905-828-5255
  • UTSC Health & Wellness Centre: 416-287-7065

Toronto Public Health Hotline

  • Hotline: 416-338-7600
  • Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 8 pm and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. Translation available

Page last updated: April 1, 2020