What You Can Do
Follow your institution's guidance for communicable disease prevention on campus and all applicable public health orders and recommendations.
Vaccines are the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus. Two doses provide effective protection against infection and serious illness from COVID-19, including variants of concern. Vaccines are available to all faculty, students, and staff, including international students and their families.
All faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to get two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C by people 12 and older.
For post-secondary institutions, masks must be worn in indoor public areas, including but not limited to:
- indoor areas of post secondary institutions, including lecture theatres, classrooms, and other indoor instructional settings.
- indoor common areas of buildings open to the public, including on-campus housing and office buildings.
Masks can be removed in these spaces temporarily:
- When identifying a person
- When eating or drinking in a designated location
- When participating in physical activity
- When communicating with a person for whom visual cues, facial expressions lip-reading or lip movements are essential
- When engaged in an educational activity that can’t be performed when wearing a mask (e.g., playing an instrument)
- When behind a barrier (e.g., a divider or cubicle) or in a room by oneself
Masks can also be removed by staff or students delivering a presentation or lecture if there is two metres of space or a physical barrier between them and others in the room.
Masks are not required for workspaces such as office areas, research labs or shared offices that do not service the public, or for meetings and seminars in small meeting rooms.
Masks do not need to be worn by those with certain health conditions or impairments, or by those who are unable to put on or remove a face covering without the assistance of another person.
Learn about effective mask use.
People are encouraged to spread out within the available space for indoor activities.
Personal space is the distance from which a person feels comfortable being next to another person. Everyone has had different experiences with the pandemic, which impact how they’ll interact in-person. When possible, provide others with the personal space they are comfortable with.
Clean your hands often. This means washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.