Extended COVID-19 Provincial Orders – December 8

As you may have seen, the BC Provincial Health Officer has extended the current COVID-19 province-wide restrictions through January 8, 2021. These continued orders include:

  • No social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or, if you live alone, your core bubble.
    • For people who live alone, a core bubble is a maximum of two people you see regularly. You must not host gatherings.
    • Welcoming your child home from university is okay. This is not a social gathering.
    • For those who parent from separate households or rely on a family member or close friends for support with things like picking up children after school or delivering essential items like mail, medication or groceries, these activities can continue.
    • Do not invite friends or extended family to your household, do not host gathering outdoors, and do not have playdates for children.
  • All non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of BC and between regions of the province.
    • Do not travel for a vacation.
    • Do not travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubble.
    • This does not include regular travel to campus for work or learning. For example, travelling from Surrey to Burnaby is acceptable if it’s for work and part of your Department’s Safety Plan.
  • Masks are required for everyone in all public indoor settings and all retail stores. Masks are required in all workplaces and areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • One re-usable mask is available at no cost to all students. Students on campus who would like a mask can visit the Safety, Security, and Emergency Management Office (SSEM) on their campus. In addition, disposable masks are available to many staff and students on campus as part of program-specific Safety Plans.

The Provincial Health Officer’s guidelines are available here.

While these restrictions may present challenges to many within our community, it is important to ensure we all do our part to keep each other safe.

  • Do not come to campus if you are feeling unwell.
  • If you are required to be on campus, please do a self-assessment (health check) before you arrive, continue to keep physical distance as much as possible, and strictly follow your program’s safety guidelines.
  • Wash your hands frequently.

Thank you for your continued dedication to keeping our community safe.

Be safe and well.

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