COVID-19 Wellness Plan

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Engage Toronto is committed to the health and safety of our community. 

We are following the direction of public health officials to take precautions against  COVID-19. Should we receive additional direction from officials, and/or Ryerson University, we will act immediately and accordingly. 

To protect the health and safety of study staff and participants we have taken the following steps:

Changes to Participant Experience

Additional Safety Measures

At this time, we are encouraging individuals at elevated risk to contact the study office (416-979-5000 ext. 2158 or toronto@engage-men.ca) to discuss alternative options for participation. This is in keeping with Ontario’s public health guidance, which strongly recommends that persons 70 years of age and older, those who are immunocompromised, and those who have chronic medical conditions stay home and avoid all but essential outings in public places. This might include those with the following conditions: lung disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, cerebrovascular disease (e.g., past stroke), cancer. 

How You Can Help

Please follow the preventative measures recommended by public health officials. Help us keep everyone safe by doing the following:

Practice physical distancing by keeping a distance of 6 feet (2 metres) from others.
Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wear a mask for the duration of your Engage Study visit.
If you are sick or should be self-isolating, stay home and postpone your Engage study visit until you are finished self-isolating.

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, you were a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 or you are concerned you may have been exposed to someone who might have COVID-19.

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External Resources

General COVID-19 Resources

Organizations that work with gay, bi, and queer men in Toronto have shared their resources about how to access services and supports, and ways to take care of your well-being:

Public Health Resources

Toronto Public Health Provides information on the status of COVID-19 in Toronto, as well as information on how to protect yourself and others.

Health Ontario Provides information on the status of COVID-19 in Ontario, as well as information on how to get testing, the self-assessment tool, and what to expect in your daily life as the situation progresses.

Health Canada Provides information about the status of COVID-19 in Canada, including travel restrictions and guidance documents.

Mental Health Resources

Goodhead A mental health resource for gay, bisexual, queer and other guys into guys.

Ontario.ca The Ontario government has several free mental health resources available, including crisis lines, peer supports, addition and youth services.

Sexual Health Treatment and Services

Hassle Free Clinic and Toronto Public Health’s Crossways Clinic are providing limited HIV/STI sexual health services virtually and in-person by appointment only.  Please check their websites for more information.