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 25.

Dear colleagues,

As we look forward to our imminent return to campus, we'd like to thank you for your ongoing, proactive work to support each other. As we move forward over the next several weeks, your flexibility and dedication to a safe, measured return is appreciated.

This is the seventh edition of our biweekly update and we continue to make progress in our return plans. Over the next month, staffing will resume in some areas of campus as we finalize our classroom and common area spaces, as well as ramp up administrative and academic preparations for the coming term.

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.

Expanded public health restrictions for the Central Okanagan

On August 6, Interior Health (IH) expanded the health orders for the Central Okanagan first announced July 28. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions are in effect until further notice.

The following measures apply to UBC Okanagan. Further restrictions and additional information about the announcement can be found at interiorhealth.ca.

Non-medical masks

UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask while in any university indoor common spaces and in spaces that are high traffic and/or require close proximity to others.  

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.

You do not need to wear a mask indoors if you are the sole occupant of an enclosed room, if you are seated in an area designated for consuming food or beverage or when you are in a controlled space, such as an office, if you are seated and not in close proximity to others.

Those who are unable to wear masks for medical reasons may wear a UBC-approved face shield instead. For questions about masks or other requirements while attending campus, please check the UBC Okanagan COVID-19 website


Non-essential travel into or out of the Central Okanagan should be avoided.


Indoor high-intensity group exercise is suspended, while indoor low-intensity group exercise is permitted with group size limits.

Events and gatherings

  • Indoor organized gatherings are limited to no more than 50 attendees and require a Safe Event Plan.
  • Outdoor organized gatherings are limited to no more than 50 attendees and require a Safe Event Plan.
  • Indoor personal gatherings may only include five people or one other household.
  • Outdoor personal gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people.

Vaccine clinics at UBC Okanagan

As a service to students, faculty and staff, UBC Okanagan is working with IH to finalize details on an upcoming vaccine clinic on campus later this month. More details will follow in the August 25 edition of Campus Resumption communication.

Availability of in-person student services

In-person availability of student services will be increasing over the next several weeks, with most units resuming regular in-person service hours over the coming weeks. To view the full list of in-person availability for student-facing services, visit students.ok.ubc.ca/contact.

Parking update

As previously communicated, the resumption of parking fees for monthly, daily and hourly parking will begin on September 1.

Additionally, there are now waitlists for semester parking and Flex Permits available on the parking services web page, with a reminder that you must have a valid parking account to purchase a permit. The Flex Permit also requires a Honk account through the mobile App.

Any outstanding account balances must be paid in full before a permit can be purchased. The payroll application form is available through UBC Parking Forms and more information about parking fees and the waitlist registration is available on the Parking Services site.  

Facilities-related service requests

As we prepare to return to campus, your faculty or unit may require support with activities ranging from updating interior signage to moving furniture and planning renovations needed to accommodate new hires. 

To streamline the request process, using your CWL you can now submit all your facilities-related service requests in one location within the existing Archibus work order system. 

In case you missed it…

Rapid Screening clinic on campus

COVID-19 rapid screening clinics are running between July 5 and August 27, 2021. The rapid screening clinics are expected to continue into the fall in various locations, to be announced in the coming weeks. Information on this project is on the Testing and Resumption COVID-19 page.  

Video update from UBC President

On August 4, UBC President Santa Ono provided a video update to the community about COVID-19 community concerns.  

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 25, 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