Dear members of the UBC community.
I hope that your summer is off to a great start.
As you know, in April, we announced that masks had to be worn in indoor UBC public spaces until June 30.
Since then, public health data has indicated that BC has passed the 6th wave of the pandemic. After consulting with internal stakeholders, and consistent with the position of BC Public Health, we will no longer require masks in public indoor spaces on campus after June 30.
As a reminder, students, faculty and staff who take part in academic activities outside of university campuses are still required to wear a mask if mandated by a Public Health Order; for example, in health care settings.
I would like to thank everyone for their support and cooperation over the last few months. Although we are no longer requiring masks on campus, it’s important to continue to maintain a safe environment by doing the following:
- Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and complete a daily health assessment. If you are sick, stay at home. Learn about the self-assessment tool at bc.thrive.health.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- We strongly recommend that everyone gets vaccinated and if eligible, receive your booster dose. You can learn more at immunizebc.ca.
- As a reminder, in BC, free vaccines are available to students arriving from international destinations and other provinces.
I know that some members of our community may wish to continue wearing masks, and we ask everyone to be respectful of these decisions. You may also want to use your discretion regarding mask wearing when gathering in small spaces.
It’s important to show empathy for one another, and to understand that everyone has different circumstances as we move through the pandemic.
We will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 as we head into the fall, and we are well placed to adjust our approach if required.
I wish you all a safe and restful summer.
Santa J. Ono
President & Vice-Chancellor