UBC Okanagan Global Message

This email is being sent to all students, faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus on behalf of the UBC Okanagan Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee.

COVID-19: Update on travel in BC

A Public Health Order for all health regions in British Columbia calls on all individuals, places of work and businesses in BC to significantly reduce social interactions and travel. The current order is in effect until January 8, 2021.

As many are currently making plans for the upcoming Winter Break, all members of the campus community are reminded that the Provincial Health Officer strongly recommends all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of BC and between regions of the province. 

The current orders suspend all events and social gatherings to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions. The order allows for university students to join family for the holidays as this is not considered a social gathering, but it is important to maintain a narrow household bubble.

  • Do not travel for a vacation
  • Do not travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubble

Read the BC Government’s province-wide order and advisories

International travel

If you plan to travel in or out of Canada during the Winter Break, make sure you are aware of current travel restrictions and are prepared for your trip. Carefully review the updated Travelling to Canada Guide for important information on who is eligible to travel, documents to prepare, ensuring you have health insurance, making a quarantine (self-isolation) plan, and more.

Daily self-assessment when coming to campus

UBC’s COVID-19 Campus Rules require that all students, faculty, staff, and others must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending UBC premises.

Please use the BC self-assessment tool at https://bc.thrive.health/. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow the guidance provided in the self-assessment tool.

Read the UBC FAQ on self-assessment requirements

Maintaining physical distancing
and wearing non-medical masks

Public Health Orders reinforce the need for all members of our community to maintain physical distance and wear non-medical masks. As a reminder, UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear non-medical masks, when indoors in common areas on our campuses.

The requirement for the use of non-medical masks applies to shared indoor spaces within UBC buildings, such as hallways, stairways, building entryways, washrooms and study spaces, classrooms, common areas in residences and other high-traffic areas.

Events at UBC

The Provincial Health Officer has ordered there should be no social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble. This applies to all UBC campuses and sites and to any in-person events and gatherings planned to be held on or off campus in British Columbia.

For the status of events at UBC, see the UBC COVID-19 information page

What happens when a positive case is reported?

In the event that someone on campus receives a COVID-positive test result, UBC Okanagan follows the protocol established with Interior Health. The following FAQ outlines the notification and contract tracing processes carried out by public health authorities, and how UBC may assist them in certain circumstances:


Mental health and wellbeing support

These times are stressful as many of us continue to study and work remotely and others are working in ways quite different than we’ve known before. Resources are available to students, faculty and staff:

The UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, 24/7 wellness resource to support students' mental, emotional, physical and financial health. Services include personal counselling, life coaching, group programs and more. 

UBC Student Assistance Program

Be well, be safe and thank you for following public health and campus rules guidance. The remarkable resilience and kind cooperation of this community are appreciated as we work together to protect the health and safety of all.


Shelley Kayfish
Director, Campus Operations and Risk Management
Co-chair, UBC Okanagan Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee

Prof. Michael Burgess
Associate Provost, Strategy, UBC Okanagan
Professor and Chair in Biomedical Ethics, School of Population and Public Health, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Co-chair, UBC Okanagan Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee