Last updated: February 23, 2021.
We hope that you had a restful Midterm Break and are returning to your studies feeling revitalized! As you resume classes this week, it is imperative that you renew your commitment to understanding and abiding by the current province wide Public Health Order (PHO). On February 8, 2021 our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced an extension of the current province wide PHO. The order, originally announced on Nov. 19, 2020, is now in effect until further notice.
The extended PHO has direct implications for everyone living in UBCO Student Housing. In particular the PHO prohibits all in-person gatherings and reiterates the requirement to wear a mask when indoors. Failure to adhere to the measures outlined in the PHO may result in the assignment of standards points under the Residence Contract and/or violation tickets for unsafe COVID-19 behaviour:
The current PHO prohibits all in-person gatherings and events. The PHO limits social gatherings of any size to your household or core bubble. As a result of this direction, all in-person social programs in residence have been postponed until further notice. Residence Advisor staff will continue to plan virtual programs. We encourage you to connect with friends, family and other members or the UBCO residence community virtually.
Understanding your Core Bubble
The updated PHO provides the most current public health definition of your core bubble. A core bubble only includes the one or two people you spend the most time with and are physically close to. For students with a roommate, this person is part of your household. For students who live alone, you can continue to see the same one or two people of your core bubble.
Residents in shared accommodations are not currently permitted to host guests under the most recent PHO. Healthy residents who live alone are permitted to host a maximum of one guest in their residence unit, provided that a guest is in your core bubble. You are responsible for ensuring your guest follows theseÂ Student Housing COVID-19 Rules.
The House Lounges and Activity Rooms will remain open, but only for studying and other academic work. Lounges should not be used for social gathering until further notice. In order to enhance the safety and cleanliness of our common spaces, Lysol cleaner has been provided in all shared kitchens. This cleaner is provided for individual use as a supplement to the twice daily disinfecting that continues to occur in all common spaces.
The new PHO states that masks are required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. Please continue to wear a non-medical masks when indoors in all UBC and Residence spaces. If you forget your mask inside a Residence space, you are welcome to pick up a mask from the Student Housing office.
Staying Well and Staying Connected
It is important that you continue to be mindful of your health and wellness. We encourage you to get outside, go for walks, attend an online fitness class and virtually connect with others. Please check in with your Residence Advisor to learn more about virtual events and programs happening in your community. If you have any questions or concerns, please donâ€™t hesitate to contactÂ Student HousingÂ or other campusÂ resources.
We recognize that all members of the Residence community have made sacrifices and changes to their behavior to help keep the community safe. We thank you for renewing your commitment to these safety measure to help ensure that health and safety of your neighbours.