Last updated: January 12, 2022


As of December 22, 2021, the following restrictions are in effect until January 18, 2022.

  • Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed. This includes gatherings like New Year’s Eve parties, weddings or other celebrations
  • Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity. This includes events like concerts, sports or movies
  • Bars, nightclubs and lounges are closed
  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have a maximum of 6 people at each table
  • Adult gyms, fitness centres and dance studios are closed

Please review the BC Government Website for most updated information on Province wide restrictions. UBC continues to take direction from the BC Provincial Government as we plan and consider next steps.

UBC’s COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework

UBC’s COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework continues to align with the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Institutions.

As stated in a recent UBC Broadcast, Winter Session Term 2 classes will begin as scheduled on January 4 or 10 (depending on the program), with the majority of instruction provided online until February 7. During this period, some courses, including those with clinical or other experiential, performance or studio components will continue in-person with appropriate safety protocols in place.

The following safety framework will support this interim measure:

Find the latest university-wide updates and useful FAQs at and

For information about Vancouver campus building ventilation and cleaning, visit UBC Facilities.

For travel and border crossing requirements, visit UBC Finance – Travel.


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UBC Campus Rules & Guidance Documents

UBC COVID-19 Campus Rules and Guidance Documents are in place to ensure persons in all workspaces and other UBC property remain as safe as possible.

COVID-19 Rapid Testing

UBC requires COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff, with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As the first step of the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program, all students, faculty and staff are required to complete an online, confidential declaration of their vaccination status.

COVID-19 Return to campus

This page contains information about the measures UBC is taking to help you feel comfortable in all our UBC campus spaces. UBC will continue to follow guidance and direction from the Provincial Health Officer and adopt PHO orders and any regional requirements as part of our efforts to prevent infections.

COVID-19 Safety Plans

COVID-19 Safety Plans have been developed in collaboration with Public Health, the Ministry of Advanced Education and WorkSafeBC. All units and work areas are expected to follow the applicable safety plan(s). Units and work areas under industry specific guidance will need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that aligns with the industry requirements.

COVID-19 Contact tracing

Useful information about how notifications of COVID-19 infections and contact tracing handled at UBC.

Digital and print signage

Print materials and resources are developed as part of your COVID-19 Safety Planning.