COVID-19 Safety Plans


Last updated: July 5, 2021

The new COVID-19 Safety Plans are framed around Step 3 of the BC Restart plan. The earliest date that the Public Health Officer will move to Step 3 is July 1, 2021 and will extend until the start of Step 4 which is anticipated to begin September 7, 2021 at the earliest.

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.

UBC has developed a framework that overlays the steps of the BC Restart Plan to the UBC environment:
View UBC Safety Planning Framework [pdf]

New 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.

The seven new COVID-19 Safety Plans do not require customization, just implementation, and are applicable UBC-wide. They are based on your work activities, so simply choose the plan(s) that suits your work situation. For example, if your work activity includes a laboratory, office, and common spaces, you will need to reference three applicable COVID-19 Safety Plans. Unlike the previous COVID-19 Safety Plan, the new plans do not require to be submitted or approved.

  1. Common Areas and Public Realm
  2. Field Trip and Field Research Activities
  3. Housing/Student Residences
  4. Learning Spaces
  5. Offices/Administrative Areas
  6. Study Spaces
  7. Workshops and Research Laboratories

Building administrators may use the UBC Vancouver COVID-19 combined version to access safety plans for an entire building.


For quick and easy access to the COVID-19 Safety plans, download the UBC Safe Vancouver App.

The UBC Safe Vancouver mobile app is free to download on an Android or iOS device that can connect to a wireless network. We recommend allowing push notifications so that alerts pop up on your device.

Android devices: Download the UBC Safe mobile app on Google Play.

iOS device: Download the UBC Safe mobile app on the Apple App Store.

Note: Standard message and data rates apply.


Other COVID-19 Safety Factors to Consider

Events and Gatherings

In addition to the UBC requirements outlined in the Campus Rules, events on campus must follow the UBC directive. The directive will be updated in alignment with the phases of the B.C. Restart Plan.

If you have an event (indoor or outdoor) planned with in-person component, and have any questions or are unsure of associated processes, please contact

Public Sector Guidelines

In addition to the UBC requirements outlined in the Campus Rules, if your work area relies on additional sector-specific guidance to operate safely please ensure:

  • Supervisors and Managers have access to current, up to date requirements:
  • Clinical Faculties should look to the British Columbia Colleges for their relevant sectors to ensure advice aligns (i.e. College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC, College of Pharmacists of BC, College of Dental Surgeons, etc.).
  • Employees have been communicated any changes to Provincial Orders or advice
  • Safe work procedures still being used have been updated and communicated to reflect current best practices and controls
  • Changes to, or new safe work procedures have been sent to the relevant Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee for their review
  • Visitors or guests understand expectations before arriving at the workplace