December 22, 2020

Impact from Province-wide Shutdown

December 22, 2020

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced a province-wide shutdown effective Saturday, December 26 for a minimum of 28 days.

We are writing to explain how this will impact your residence experience.

All student residences have closed for the winter break today at 12:00 noon.

Register your date of return

Students can begin to return to residence starting Saturday, January 16 and will need to register your date of return. Please login to the myHousing portal and follow the steps below to select your preferred time slot to return to campus. Reservations can be made and revised up until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

  • Select: Residence
  • Select: Live in Residence / September 2020– April 2021 / Current academic year
  • Select: Reserve Your Return to Residence Time Slot

If you have already registered your return date for the week of January 10–15, those time slots are no longer valid, and you’ll have to register again.

Western is open to earlier move-in requests prior to January 16 due to travel, health, limited home internet access, or personal circumstances. Please contact if you require an earlier move-in date. Please note students may be required to stay in a building different than their own if move-in is required prior to January 16, 2021.

Students who had their request for a winter stay approved can continue to stay in residence during the break. Students who had an early move-in request in January approved may continue to return.

Dining options

Lucy’s in Somerville House will open for on-site residence students on Monday, January 4, 2021. It will be open Monday to Saturday (January 4–9) from 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m., for lunch and dinner.

Elgin Hall and Ontario Hall dining halls will re-open starting Sunday, January 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. From January 10–15, students living in Medway-Sydenham Hall, Alumni House, and Delaware Hall can access the Elgin dining hall. Those in Perth Hall, London Hall and Essex Hall can access the Ontario Hall dining hall during this period.

All residence dining halls will reopen as of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, January 16.

Protocols update

During the province-wide shutdown, seating areas in residence dining halls will close and all food will be available for takeout only. Guests and visitors to residence rooms/suites are prohibited. All common spaces in residences will close, including but not limited to main lounges, floor lounges, study rooms, etc. as a result of the provincial order.

Our office will close for the winter break starting tomorrow December 23, and reopen on Monday January 4, 2021.

We hope you have a relaxing and healthy winter break and look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.