This page was last updated July 21, 2021

Responding to COVID-19 at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy’s academic, research and operations plans prioritize the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and the University of Toronto communities we serve. Operations and activities at our Faculty are informed by public health guidelines and the guidelines and recommendations of the University of Toronto. Please check this web page to stay informed about policies and procedures. You can also visit our web page for Coronavirus past updates and resources.

The Faculty is currently in Step 3 of Ontario's three-step Roadmap to Reopen process.

To ensure all reopening decisions are informed by the most up-to-date and relevant public health and U of T information, the Faculty has convened a COVID-19 OPERATIONS RECOVERY AND RESUMPTION COMMITTEE (CORReCt). If you have questions for this committee, please contact Aldo DiMarcantonio, Chief Administrative Officer.

2021 Fall Term for Students

Our goal for the fall 2021 term is to resume in-person teaching; hence all courses are currently scheduled to take place in-person. Students should plan to be available to attend in-person classes on campus beginning in September. Read the latest update about the fall term for students from Professor Jamie Kellar, our Associate Dean, Academic.

In the event of physical distancing requirements and/or indoor capacity-limits, we will prioritize skills-based courses and labs in person. Our commitment is to bring students to campus for in-person learning to the fullest possible extent, based on public health and provincial guidelines. We anticipate a full return to in-person teaching, but we are prepared to pivot as needed based on public health guidelines. 

The University of Toronto has also created the UTogether guide to summer and fall 2021 as we develop and undertake the process of returning to research, course instruction and other activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residence and Vaccinations

The University recently announced that all students living in residence during the 2021-2022 academic year must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

2021 Fall Term for Faculty, Librarians and Staff

The University's Division of Human Resources & Equity released a Planning for Fall 2021 message on June 24, which outlines expectations for on-site work and coming guidelines for alternative work arrangements (to be released in July). Read the Faculty's latest update on the fall return to campus for faculty members from Dean Lisa Dolovich, and the latest update for staff from Dean Dolovich and Aldo DiMarcantonio.

Working Together to Stay Safe

We all have a role to play in ensuring our safety and the safety of others. Each individual who is authorized to enter the building must follow the directions outlined below and in signage posted throughout the building.

The University of Toronto requires anyone coming to campus to complete a COVID-19 health screening by conducting a UCheck self-assessment each day before they visit. More information, UCheck login, and offline forms can be found on the UCheck website.

The University also requires individuals who are in one of our buildings, in a space that is normally publicly accessible, to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Such spaces may include hallways, lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms, and other common use facilities to which the public normally has access. 


Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen, Step 3: Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Hours of Operation People Facility Activities and Programs COVID Transmission Prevention Measures Summary

Building is locked and FOB access only 24/7.

We recommend access to the building be limited between 7AM to Midnight.
Note that FOB access is restricted at all times unless person deemed essential or given approval (see People).


Only approved essential administrative staff, wet-lab research staff and trainees and faculty members are working onsite.

The large majority of administrative staff (including managers) and faculty members continue to work remotely.

Full-time faculty have FOB access to the building 24/7.

Non-full-time faculty and all non-essential staff require approval ahead-of-time to access the building (contact Facilities Management & Operations.

Building is locked and FOB access only 24/7.
Open areas:
A limited number of student study spaces are available upon request.*
Closed areas:
All meeting rooms, UPS meeting room/offices, lounge, prayer rooms.

Facilities Management services


Approved Research Labs

Physical distancing practices and policies.


Individual level activities only.


Staggered shifts (Research Labs only).


Limit facility/areas according to U of T space guidelines.

*To book a study space, please see Rooms and Space Planning tab below.


Administrative staff:

  • The majority of administrative staff will continue to work remotely. Employees should contact their managers should they need to access the building for a specific purpose.

Research staff and trainees:

  • The faculty member serving as the supervisor for the research staff or trainees (graduate, undergraduate and post-doctoral fellows) will be responsible for working with the employees/trainees and the Research Office to plan the scheduling of the return to and ongoing on-site work. 

Monitoring and Enforcement

It is expected that everyone will be familiar with the LDFP Guidelines for Research Restart and RecoveryUniversity of Toronto COVID-19 Guideline for Reopening Research Spaces prepared by the Environmental Health and Safety division, the University of Toronto Approach for Research Recovery and Adaptation, the U of T Policy On Non-medical Masks Or Face Coverings, and the overarching University of Toronto Principles for Research Recovery & Adaptation.

Monitoring will be carried out by:

A) Each Principal Investigator for their own laboratory staff and spaces
Principal investigators who will be approved to carry out on-campus research will have provided their plan as a component of their Application for on-campus Research Restart and Recovery (RRR) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. These plans will have ensured that no more than the acceptable maximum number of people will be on site at any one time. These plans will also have confirmed that each PI will take responsibility for ensuring that they and their staff and trainees have reviewed all university policies and procedures related to COVID-19 onsite work.

B) Central Office(s), including EHS, and

C) Processes to be developed by the CORReCt committee

  • Divisional and institutional oversight of adherence to the guidelines will be in place and deficiencies may lead to suspension of permits to perform in person activities.
  • Overcrowded labs and other safety issues can be reported to the Research Office or the Manager of Administrative Operations

Physical Environment, Physical Distancing, and Safety Measures

Non-medical Face Masks

Starting July 7, 2020, the University of Toronto requires individuals who are in a space in one of our buildings that is normally publicly accessible wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Such spaces may include hallways, lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms, and other common use facilities to which the public normally has access. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has advised that this practice is “a necessary, recognized, practical and effective method” to limit the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the safety and well-being of the community.

As previously announced, all faculty, librarians, staff and students will receive two reusable, non-medical masks as part of their return to campus. More information about the distribution of these masks will be provided. Information about the use and care of your U of T non-medical mask can be found on the EHS website.

Building Entry & Exit


  • There has been one door designated for entry into the building and three doors designated as the exit to the building.
  • Upon entry, those with authorized access must sign in at the Reception Desk.
  • Hand sanitizer available at building entrance.
  • Floor markings for safe distancing for any queues or waiting areas have been installed.
  • Those entering the building are required to sign in and out in addition to using FOBs to enter to assist with contact tracing.
  • Posters for self-assessment have been posted at the entrance at the one door that has been designated for entry.

Reception Desk:

  • Glass screen to be installed at Reception Desk by end of June 2020 between members and front desk staff.
  • Stanchions have been installed to ensure physical distancing is maintained where public space meets the Reception area .
Drop-In Visitors / Deliveries
  • Deliveries to the building have resumed as of July 8, 2020. Coverage of the main floor reception area during daytime business hours will be in place which may include the use of telephone based reception system to augment in person coverage. Please always provide a contact name and phone number for the delivery when ordering so as to avoid missed deliveries.
  • Service Technicians may be permitted into the building with notification to the Director, Facilities Management, prior to the appointment date.
  • Mail is delivered and sorted every day.
Elevator & Stairs
  • Physical distancing queue management for waiting members has been installed.
  • Instructional signage displaying healthy elevator use protocols including member limits and safe distances in the elevator.
  • Passenger elevators carry two people per elevator.
  • Service elevator carries two people maximum.
  • Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces include elevator panels / buttons will be carried out by Caretaking Services.
  • Stairwells have been designated either Up & Down and marked with signage.
Rooms and Space Planning
  • The capacity for every room / workspace and overflow space has been determined.
  • Small meeting rooms have been made available as alternate work spaces for staff who share offices.
  • Maximum capacity signs have been placed in shared lunchrooms, common rooms, laboratory space, classroom, etc.
  • Chairs and desks have been taped off in all shared areas so as to support physical distancing.
  • Study spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floor: Closed.
  • Study spaces on the 1st floor: 15 bookable hoteling desks available through Outlook.
  • Overflow rooms have been identified where people can sit if regular space is not available (e.g. desk space outside labs that used to house up to 8 people can now only house 3 people) and this space can be booked through our online booking system.
  • Room bookings may be completed using Microsoft Outlook, detailed instructions are available below:
Washrooms & Hand-washing Facilities
  • Soap and water are available in all washrooms, along with disposable paper towel for drying hands.
  • Hand sanitizer to be provided by Caretaking Services.
  • Posters have been posted at all washrooms and throughout the building.
  • A central hand sanitization station has been placed at the building entrance.
  • Signage is posted outlining proper hygiene procedures.
Lobbies / Common Areas (Other Than Main Floor)

Social Sitting Areas:

  • Furniture has been restricted to promote physical distancing.

Community Food and Drinks:

  • Will be eliminated till further notice.


  • Signage (floor and walls) has been placed in the Atrium to support physical distancing requirements.
  • Lounge seating in the Atrium & 6th floors has been restricted.

Staff & Faculty lunch room on the 5th floor:

  • Accessible to a limited number of people at one time, and has be designated one-way.
  • Breaks and lunches will be staggered - signage provided.

Grad Common Room on the 6th floor:

  • Accessible by a limited number of people at one time, and the number of available seats has been restricted.
  • Stagger lunch and break times.
Ventilation, Cleaning & Disinfecting
  • The University routinely assesses the role of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems and current maintenance practices against emerging public health evidence and industry guidelines for to COVID-19. Learn more about the University's COVID-19 HVAC strategy.
  • Building operations teams continue to maintain the indoor environment by upgrading HVAC system filters, flushing air two hours before occupancy daily in all buildings, and other measures.
  • The University is preparing a list, by building, containing information on general filtration type (e.g., MERV-13, etc.) levels for buildings, which will be available soon.
  • The University is also implementing additional classroom-specific measures, based on an external review.
  • High touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected frequently by Caretaking.Learn more about the University'sCOVID-19 Caretaking strategy.
  • Caretaking cleaning procedures comprise of frequent cleaning of high touch areas in common spaces (such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, handrails, etc.).
  • ALL occupants are also asked to clean high touch areas in their workspace (such as workspace counter-tops, shared equipment / tools were individual equipment / tools are not feasible, touchscreens, keypads) throughout the day. Shared spaces have been equipped with disinfectant spray and paper towels.



If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the following contacts depending on your information needs:

Research Operations: Mike Folinas, Manager, Research Administration
Facilities/ Building Space: Tina Harvey-Kane, Director, Facilities Management
Human Resources and Safety Concerns: Tara Snyder, Manager of Administrative Operations and Alicia Bromley, HR Advisor