Updated March. 11, 2022:
The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) today announced changes to the face covering mandate for BC, effective 12:01 a.m. March 11.
Masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces across the province.
While mask wearing will be a matter of personal choice, on campus we strongly encourage you to continue wearing a mask in indoor spaces where you may be in close proximity to others, or anywhere you feel more comfortable to do so.
This change may feel sudden and unexpected. Please continue to be kind and compassionate as we navigate this change. As we move into this next phase of the pandemic response it is essential that we all continue to be respectful of the personal choices that each individual may make regarding mask use and physical distance.
In the days to come related signage on campus will be removed or updated.
We continue to adhere to all public health orders and implement all of the health and safety measures required by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO).
Please continue to follow public health guidance, including doing daily health checks and staying home if sick. Vaccination continues to provide the best protection from the more serious effects of COVID-19.
Updated Jan. 13, 2022:
At the Division of Continuing Studies, we continue to adhere to and implement all public health orders and safety measures recommended by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), which have kept our campus a low-risk setting for COVID-19 transmission. The PHO has provided further guidance for managing the emergence of the Omicron variant with a view to supporting schools to continue to safely provide in-person learning and teaching. Please be assured of our ongoing efforts to keep our campus facilities safe.
For the most recent updates, visit the UVic COVID-19 page.
Updated Dec. 17, 2021:
UVic continues to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on our community. Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others.
Stay up to date with how we're keeping our community safe.
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Updated Nov. 15, 2021:
The university’s response to COVID-19 continues to evolve in accordance with public health guidance and orders. The university has fully implemented the core COVID-19 prevention measures recommended or required by public health for post-secondary institutions in BC. With these measures in place, the BC CDC continues to advise that post-secondary educational settings are low-risk settings for COVID-19 transmission, particularly in the context of a highly immunized population.
Read UVic's full update: COVID-19 health and safety update
Updated Aug. 26, 2021:
Updated Aug. 25, 2021:
Province introduces mask mandate for post-secondary institutions
The university continues to work closely with the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training to support a safe return to campus.
On Aug. 24, in response to rising COVID-19 cases, the province introduced a new mask mandate for all people aged 12 and older in indoor public settings. On Aug. 23 the province announced the introduction of a proof-of-vaccine requirement (BC Vaccine Card) for BC citizens.
In accordance with the new province-wide restrictions, as of August 25 everyone must wear a mask at all times in public indoor settings and indoor common areas. These include:
- elevators, lobbies, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, break rooms, staff kitchens, libraries, coffee shops and retail outlets
- restaurants, pubs and bars when not seated at a table
- sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activities
- classrooms and labs
Additional details for mask requirements in classrooms and work areas (e.g. shared offices and meeting rooms) are still being developed.
There are also exemptions for people with underlying medical conditions that inhibit their ability to wear masks. A full list of exemptions and masking requirements will be published on the OHSE website as soon as available.
The BC government announced the BC Vaccine Card program on Aug. 23. The program comes into effect Sept. 13 and will require those over 12 to show proof of vaccination for admission to select activities and events, and for student dining and housing (beginning Sept. 7).
More details about how this program will impact campus services and activities will be announced soon. We are working with our ministry and our sector association to determine how best to extend the new BC Vaccine Card program for people who work on campus.
As current COVID-19 cases are largely among the unvaccinated, UVic continues to encourage students, staff and faculty to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We thank the vaccinated members of the campus community for protecting not only your own health and well-being, but others as well.
For additional infomation:
- View UVic's COVID-19 health & safety guidelines
- View BC’s Restart plan
- View the status of BC’s province-wide restrictions
- UVic COVID-19 website
- Posted March 11, 2022