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Return to Campus in BC

Following the government guidelines and in alignment with the BC Restart plan and the Post-Secondary Return-to-Campus Guidelines, the Return to Campus Public Health Guidance and WorkSafeBC, we have developed the communicable disease (CD) plan which outlines the ongoing prevention measures that everyone needs to follow as we transition from prescriptive COVID-19 safety measures to general communicable disease prevention measures that are guided by public health. 

As CityU in Canada continues to transition from COVID-19 specific orders and protocols back to normal institutional policies and guidance as outlined by the Ministry in their Return to Campus Guidelines, our CityU community understand that stopping the spread of COVID-19 relies on everyone doing their part, including: immunization, daily self-administered health checks, staying home when sick, and practicing hand hygiene.

Please check our Vancouver campus page so you can get familiar with it!

Please note: CityU highly recommends the use of masks while on campus.

BC’s Restart Plan

Step 3: Current
The criteria for Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC

  • Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born 2016 or earlier (5+) Review current mask requirements

  • Increased social contact is allowed. If you or anyone in your family feels sick, stay home and get tested immediately

  • Proof of vaccination is required to access many businesses, events and services. Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card

  • Check the province current restrictions
    Step 4
    The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations. 
    The earliest date for moving to Step 4 is September 7.
  • Masks in public indoor settings are a personal choice.

  • Normal social contact

  • If sick, stay home and get tested

  • New campus safety plans in place, guided by Public Health Office

  • Return to normal (full return to pre-pandemic campus activities)
  • Updates

    October 25, 2021

    COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines Update

    The October 25, 2021 version includes:

    • Updated BCCDC Return to Campus Public Health Guidance (Attachment 2) including:

    ·   BCCDC modelling that the benefit of routine asymptomatic testing diminishes as immunization rates increase; and,

    ·   Revised contact tracing and notification protocols.

    • Updated program specific vaccination status considerations for individuals in health care locations for training or research purposes.
    • The RTC Guidelines will continue to be updated periodically, as necessary, to align with evolving guidance.

    August 24th, 2021

    The Provincial Health Officer has updated several safety protocols: specifically, requiring masks in all indoor public spaces starting Wednesday, August 25, and the introduction of the BC Vaccine Card (passport) for many non-essential activities beginning Sept. 13. 


    As of August 25, non-medical face masks will be required in all indoor public areas on CityU campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and classrooms. This includes meeting spaces.  

    All students and instructors will be required to wear masks in classrooms and labs for Fall semester, or until the mask mandate is lifted by the Provincial Health Officer. 


    On August 23, the Province announced a vaccine passport/card initiative as part of the BC Restart Plan. Participation in certain public non-essential activities throughout the province will require a vaccine passport/card beginning Sept. 13 for first dose of vaccine and Oct. 24 for both doses.   

    Additional information about this new initiative and its effect on services and activities will be shared as it becomes available 

    Additional Fall 2021 Public Health Guidance:

    • B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer has advised that the full return to in-person learning is not dependent on the province transitioning to Step 4 of the BC Restart Plan.
    • Classrooms, lecture theatres and educational orientation events are not considered gatherings and can operate with no capacity limits. 
    • Students participating in health science programs must be fully immunized as required by the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventative Measures Order dated August 20, 2021 in order to participate in student practicums and clinical placements.
    • Experts from the post-secondary sector and public health are meeting on a weekly basis to support the fall return to campus, including facilitating coordinated sector-wide approaches to emerging issues and the implementation of the proof of vaccination requirements.
    • The Return-to-Campus Guidelines are being updated to reflect the evolving public health guidance.
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