Last updated: September 16, 2021


As of Wednesday, August 25, 2021, face coverings (a medical or non-medical mask, or a tightly woven fabric) must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

A new order from the provincial health officer will require people 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. To read the full press release, visit the BC Government website.

To access updated UBC digital and print signage, please visit ‘COVID-19 digital and print signage’.

UBC Okanagan is subject to additional health measures which have been in place since July 28, 2021. Find out more on the UBC Okanagan website.

Within British Columbia, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19. 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 has updated its COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework to align with Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan and the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Institutions. The Public Health Office moved to Step 3 on July 1, 2021 and will extend until the start of Step 4. The UBC COVID-19 Campus Rules and UBC Guidance Documents are framed around Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, and will extend until the start of step 4 at the direction of the Public Health Office.

The following changes will support the new framework:

The information on this website does not include information for the 2021/22 Winter Session.

At the start of Step 4 of the BC Restart Plan, UBC will transition to a communicable disease plan.

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

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


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UBC Campus Rules & Guidance Documents

The COVID-19 Campus Rules and UBC Guidance Documents are framed around Step 3 of the BC Restart plan, and will extend until the start of step 4 at the direction of the Public Health Office.

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 Return to campus FAQ

This page contains useful FAQ and resources to help you navigate your return to campus. Please note that individual Faculties are also providing updates. These FAQ have been developed to inform new processes that will be in place once the Provincial Government announces the transition to Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan.

COVID-19 Safety Plans

In consultation with Public Health, UBC is streamlining the safety planning process to align with the BC Restart Plan and what has been learned about COVID-19 over the past year. 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.