McGill University's downtown campus.

The university’s student housing office was forced to change its protocol because “the number of students who have tested positive for COVID-19 has exceeded the number of self-isolation rooms we have available,” according to an email sent to students Wednesday.

The student office would prefer that infected students have a fellow student deliver meals outside their door. However, if that’s not possible, they can collect their food in the dining hall, but must return to their room and eat alone.

Infected students who leave their room to get food, or use the washroom, must wear two procedural masks and maintain a two-metre distance from others.

Madelyn Mackintosh has been isolating in Douglas Hall since testing positive on Tuesday. But when it was time for supper Wednesday night, none of her friends were available to pick up her dinner. The first-year student double masked, sanitized her hands and entered the crowded dining hall to get something to eat.

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