Last updated: January 11, 2021.
Our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has announced an extension of a current province wide Public Health Order (PHO). The order is in effect from Nov. 19, 2020 at midnight until Feb. 5, 2021 at midnight. In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases across British Columbia, this Order seeks to limit contacts and behaviours that have perpetuated the spread of COVID-19.
The new PHO has direct relevance for everyone living in UBC Student Housing. Here is a summary of what these restrictions mean for UBCO residents:
In-Person activities. The new PHO suspends all planned in-person events and 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 are 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 new PHO provides the most current public health definition of our core bubble. A core bubble only includes the one or two people you spend the most time with and are physically close to. For some people, their core bubble is their immediate household. A personâ€™s core bubble may contain a partner, relative or friend who lives in a different household. The PHO also refers to a household. 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.
Hosting guests. Provided that a guest is in your core bubble, healthy residents who live alone are permitted to host a maximum of one guest in their residence unit. You are responsible for ensuring your guest follows these Student Housing COVID-19 Rules. Residents in shared accommodation are not currently permitted to host guests under the most recent PHO.
Common Spaces. Given the restrictions on social gathering outlined in the new PHO, we have made some changes with respect to common spaces in residence.
- The House Lounges and Activity Room 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, we have provided Lysol cleaners 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.
Non-medical Masks. The new PHO states that masks are now 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, your Residence Advisor is happy to provide you a mask.
We recognize that these restrictions, in particular about limiting social interactions, may be challenging and impactful. Nonetheless, we all must do our utmost to uphold these public health directives. Dr. Henry announced that these restrictions will be in place for at least two weeks. We will let you know whenever the PHO is revised or lifted. It is important that you continue to be mindful of your health and wellness. We encourage you to get outside, go for walks and to virtually connect with others. If you have any questions or concerns, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact Student Housing or other campus resources.
Finally, please continue to focus on maintaining physical distance, practicing good hand hygiene and wearing masks, particularly in indoor common areas; these important measures help keep us all safe. Thank you for all the efforts you’ve made to keep our Residence community safe