UBC Okanagan Global Message

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

COVID-19: Resumption activities and updates 

This biweekly Global email is sent to faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan to highlight institutional information pertaining to campus resumption, and to provide updates that are specific to the successful, safe return of the UBC Okanagan campus community. Expect the next issue of this Global email on August 11.

Dear colleagues,

We'd like to first acknowledge the ongoing challenges we are facing with continued wildfires in our region. We hope that you all are taking the time to be mentally and physically well. We also want to thank you for continued diligence as we move forward with campus resumption. We are grateful for your professionalism and collaboration.

This is the sixth edition of our biweekly update, and we continue to make progress in our return plans.

As always, if you have questions that are specific to the pandemic, resumption planning or health and safety on campus, you can contact ready.ok@ubc.ca. We further encourage you to check the UBC Okanagan COVID-19 website regularly as we make every effort to post the latest information as it becomes available.

New health measures to contain COVID-19 outbreak

On July 28, Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 in the central Okanagan. As a result, masks will be required in all indoor public settings until further notice. IH is further discouraging non-essential travel to the area for people from outside the central Okanagan unless they are fully vaccinated. Other recommendations are in place, including moving indoor events outside if possible for the duration of the outbreak. More information can be found on the UBC Okanagan COVID-19 website.

Booking spaces

Following the July 1 implementation of university-wide Safety Plans, the Central Booking Office (CBO) is accepting requests for ad-hoc bookings, including meeting spaces that had temporarily been available through Outlook as part of the university’s response to COVID-19.

Some types of activities requiring ad-hoc bookings will still require a Safe Event Plan. For more information on activities that require a Safe Event Plan, visit the Finance and Operations website. Activities that do not require a Safe Event Plan must follow the appropriate general safety plans for units and work areas.

Organizers should be aware that the CBO is not accepting bookings for September until August 1, 2021. .

Custodial services

There will be an increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection in classrooms, washrooms and common areas as per BCCDC guidance. There will also be an increased number of self-serve stations with sanitizer and other cleaning materials. Information on Building Readiness is available on the Operations page of the COVID-19 site. .

Parking Services

The resumption of parking fees will take place September 1, with the introduction of the Flex Permit to accompany monthly and daily rates. The Flex Permit will be sold in increments of 10 days of parking, to be used flexibly through the Honk mobile platform. The new Flex Permit is ideal for those attending campus no more than 10 days per month. Information on how to purchase the Flex Permits will be available soon online. That information, as well as current information on existing permit options for students, faculty and staff, is available on the UBC Okanagan Parking Services site.

In case you missed it…

IT support booking

Planning to return to work on campus this fall? To help manage demand, UBCO IT and Research Computing are offering online bookings for workstation reconnections starting this summer.  Staff and Faculty are strongly encouraged to book early, as there will be limited resources available in September. Book your appointment and access other IT support on our Return to Campus webpage.

IT support for Research Computing

As we prepare for a return to in-person activity, planning for research resumption continues as well. And for many, ensuring that their IT infrastructure is properly connected is especially important. The UBCO IT Research Computing team has begun booking one-on-one service slots between now and October. Booking early is highly recommended to avoid delays in support. Information and appointment booking for Research Computing are available at https://it.ok.ubc.ca/services/research.

Mandatory Safety Training

Whether you have previously completed safety training due to being on campus, or are planning your return, all faculty and staff are required to complete the new Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Planning Training.

Rapid Testing Clinic

COVID-19 rapid screening clinics are running between July 5 and August 27, 2021. Information on this project is on the Testing and Resumption COVID-19 page.

Recent Presidential message on campus resumption

On July 22 there was a UBC Broadcast from President Santa Ono. You can read it on the UBC Broadcast page.

Profiles of faculty and staff

UBC Today has been providing a series of stories on faculty and staff who have been supporting our transition back to campus. In this story, HVAC workers are making sure we can breathe easy.

Additional resources

On behalf of the Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee, we’d like to thank you again for your continued diligence, hard work and patience. Together we are making great strides in preparing UBCO for a safe and enjoyable return to campus this fall.

Our next message to you is scheduled for August 11, but in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out via email with any questions to ready.ok@ubc.ca.


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