Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

The University of British Columbia, including the Okanagan campus, is responding to the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Use of non-medical masks

Effective Wednesday, September 16, 2020, UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear non-medical masks, when indoors on our campuses.

The requirement to wear non-medical masks indoors recognizes that transmission is reduced when face masks are worn in conjunction with physical distancing and other safety practices.

There are some exceptions to wearing masks inside buildings on UBC premises.

Learn more about UBC’s policy on non-medical masks.

Campus Safety Rules

UBC has developed some campus rules to ensure the health and safety of our community:

  1. Assess yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Stay home if you are ill.
  3. If you have been exposed to someone or have symptoms of COVID-19, complete the BC self-assessment tool and follow the instructions provided.
  4. Stay physically distant as much as possible.

See the complete list of COVID-19 Campus Rules [Updated December 15, 2020].



UBCO Health & Wellness

Anyone who is concerned they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health-care provider or call public health at 811.

UBCO Health & Wellness (UNC 337) are still available; however, most of our services have moved to virtual delivery. For details, visit Health & Wellness.


Although the Okanagan campus remains open, operations and activities are modified:

  • Most courses are being delivered online.
  • Many faculty and staff are working remotely.
  • Many events at UBC have been postponed, cancelled or moved online; see status of events for details.

Study Spaces (Students)

A limited number of study spaces have been set aside for students taking in-person courses or living on campus, plus a small number of visiting students from the community.

See Study Spaces.

Meeting Spaces (Faculty and Staff)

A limited number of bookable spaces are now available for infrequent meetings or events that cannot be done effectively online.

See Meeting Spaces.

Building Access & Hours

Due to reduced activity on campus, UBC Okanagan has limited access to certain spaces in academic and administration buildings and reduced buildings hours. See Limited Building Access & Hours.

Service Modifications

Many faculties, departments and units are providing academic, research and administrative services online.

For complete details, please visit the website of the relevant department or unit.

See Campus Services for a list of departments.

Re-occupancy & Resumption Plans

The health and safety of the UBC community remains a priority at all times. The re-occupancy and resumption of on-campus activities will be built on guiding principles focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of faculty, staff and students.

UBC’s approach will be anchored in health and safety guidance from provincial authorities; adopting a phased, gradual approach; recognizing that we may need to reinstate restrictions should public health guidance change.

For more information and resources related to UBC’s COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework, please visit the relevant website below:

For more information about the gradual and phased resumption of research activities on campus, please visit the Research + Innovation website.