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Planning for a Gradual Return to Campus

This information is designed to help leaders develop a gradual plan for employees to return to campus by preparing both your workforce and your workplace.

At all stages through planning and implementation, the safety and wellbeing of our community should be the first priority. 

Ryerson’s overall approach to return to campus planning was informed by current public health information. The information may change as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Ryerson will continue to update the site with information, tips and responses to feedback from our community members.

Remote work continues as we plan for a future gradual return

At this time, the university is not planning for a broad return-to-campus, and remote work will continue until at least August 2021. As well, we recognize that there are employees who have continued to be on campus during this period. This material should be used:

  • To continue to support essential workers who have been providing daily on-campus support through COVID-19.
  • In cases where campus access is required to support the preparation of the Fall semester, and the necessity of a return to campus has been approved by your leader.  
  • To help leaders begin to prepare for a future gradual reopening.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus

Remote work

Remote work is the most effective way to minimize risk and should continue wherever possible. If not possible, employee scheduling that limits employees on campus should be implemented.

Physical distancing strategies

Where remote work is not possible, physical distancing strategies and other engineering controls should be the second priority. This may include posting signage, planning your workspace or installing plexiglass.  

Personal protective equipment

In keeping with current public health recommendations and in support of the City of Toronto’s mask bylaw, external link, Ryerson University will be implementing a Face Mask Policy. The policy outlines that:

  • A mask or face covering must be worn in enclosed spaces where the public is permitted entry. 
  • A mask or face covering must be worn in all other enclosed spaces unless designated or prescribed by the university.

The following individuals are exempt from the mask or face covering requirement:

  • children under two years of age; 
  • persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering; 
  • persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance; and 
  • persons who are reasonably accommodated by not wearing a mask or face covering in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Proof of exemption for any of these circumstances will not be required.

Additionally, a mask or face covering is not required if you are within an area designated for you by the university, and not for public access, or if you are within or behind a physical barrier. You may also temporarily remove a mask or face covering where necessary for the purpose of receiving services, or while actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity.

Ryerson continues to monitor PPE bylaws and public health recommendations and will update directives on mask use as they become available.  For more information, please visit the Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) information online.

Key contacts for support 

If you have immediate questions about preparing your workspace, please contact the Facilities Help Desk at or 416-979-5091.

If you are a leader with questions about preparing their teams for return to campus, contact your HR partner.