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About COVID-19

Last Updated: April 26, 2023

Along with the larger University of Toronto community, Chestnut Residence continues to proactively plan and respond to the global progression of the COVID-19 virus. On this page you will find current and ongoing updates to this extraordinary situation and our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our community.

We strongly encourage you to review the information below, which we are updating regularly. Should you still have questions, the best way to reach us is by email: We are working to respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible – thank you in advance for your patience.

Health & Safety Information and Guidelines

In response to the Ontario government’s Roadmap to Reopen and public health guidance in Toronto, effective July 1, 2022, the University of Toronto has paused the requirement to be masked in indoor University spaces, unless otherwise required.

While physical distancing and masking is no longer required, we ask everyone to continue to respect the decisions of others regarding these measures, according to their comfort levels and health needs.

Chestnut Residence is a mask-friendly environment, and we continue to welcome and encourage everyone to wear a mask. It is vitally important that, even with the easing of provincial measures, we remain vigilant, conscientious, and respectful of one another.

Please note: Some or all of these requirements may be reinstated on short notice should public health conditions or guidance change.

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We also ask that as a precaution, you continue to adhere to any posted signage outlining current health and safety guidelines.


You can monitor your health using the Ontario health screening assessment tool. Completing a health screening before going to campus is highly recommended.

Self-Report + Self-Isolate

ALL students who are feeling sick, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to self-report and self-isolate. 

Please fill out the ‘Students Reporting Illness’ form to report your illness to the Residence Life Office. Please do not attend the front desk in person if you feel ill. A member of the Residence Office will follow-up with you. You should also call Telehealth Ontario: Toll-free 1.866.797.0000 (TTY: 1.866.797.0007) and utilize the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment tool.

If you are advised by a public health authority that you have tested positive for COVID-19, we ask please fill out the ‘Student Reporting Illness Form‘.

You should also record your absence through ACORN. Please remember that no student is required to have a doctor’s note or medical certificate for cold or flu-related absences or for self-isolation. To receive academic consideration, students need to record all cold or flu-related absences or absences for self-isolation through ACORN. Some Faculties have alternate or supplementary requirements when reporting absences, so please contact your Registrar’s Office if you have questions. Student absences for other illnesses or reasons should continue to be documented through the Verification of Illness (VOI) form and normal Faculty processes.


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Residence Occupancy Information

For the most up-to-date information on vaccine requirements, please refer to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students website.

Following guidance from Public Health, we will continue to assess access to our amenities spaces on a rolling basis, including, but not limited to our study rooms, music rooms, lounge spaces, wellness room, gym and fitness studio.


We will actively work to announce the opening/closure/restrictions to residents via email, newsletter, and our social media accounts.

If you are unsure as to the current status, please email us at

We are working to keep our website updated as much as possible, however, for the most up-to-date detailed information related to COVID-19 and residence, please visit: