Mask-wearing and vaccinations at CapU
What you need to know about B.C.'s new public health orders
As we prepare to return to in-person learning and experiences at CapU, I would like to advise you of two new requirements, a mask mandate and proof-of-vaccination, coming into effect at CapU to support the safe return to campus this fall.
Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advised that provincial orders have been updated to direct the reintroduction of mask-wearing in British Columbia--including at post-secondary institutions. Effective Wednesday, August 25, 2021 masks must be worn in all our indoor spaces, including classrooms, common areas and office spaces where the public is being served.
With respect to vaccination, participation in on-campus activities will follow the Provincial Order announced on August 23, 2021. This means proof-of-vaccination is required for many settings and activities including, but not limited to, student housing; varsity athletics; gymnasium use as well as all indoor events such as concerts and sports competitions. This order comes into effect for the general population in British Columbia on September 13, 2021, and will be in practice at CapU beginning on September 7, 2021. Proof-of-vaccination will follow a phased-in approach, as outlined by the Province, to ensure that all participants have a second dose of vaccine seven days prior to the October 24, 2021 deadline in order to continue to engage in these activities.
We are committed to vaccination, mask-wearing and other safety measures that are consistent with Provincial orders and guidelines. It is difficult to predict how the virus will change as we transition through the fall. Discussions regarding temporary measures over and above the updated Orders are ongoing and involve the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, public health, the University’s administration, the Capilano Faculty Association, MoveUp and the Capilano Students' Union. As always, as details and updates are confirmed, we will communicate them to you.
I am genuinely excited to see you all in person soon. The confidence I hold for a safe return depends on our plans, preparations and vaccination levels against COVID-19. We all have a role to play and I believe we will be stronger, as a community, from our efforts.
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