Re-occupancy & resumption plans

This section of the website contains useful information about the gradual and phased re-occupancy and resumption of activity on UBC’s campuses and learning sites. 

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please also note that this is an iterative process and subject to change, should public health guidance change.

You can also find more information and resources at:


  • What is the process for COVID Safety Planning?

    What is the process for COVID Safety Planning?

    UBC has developed a COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework for the gradual and phased re-occupancy of the university. The Framework aligns with BC’s Restart Plan and includes steps for the development and approval of UBC COVID-19 Safety Plans (CSP).

    For further details please visit the site according to your campus:

  • Where can I find the plan templates?

    Where can I find the plan templates?

    You can find templates and other supporting documents online, according to your campus:

  • Are there additional tools and resources to help me develop my safety plan?

    Are there additional tools and resources to help me develop my safety plan?

    Yes, a series of documents have been posted online to support you in preparing your safety plan. These include guidelines for safe washroom re-occupancy, guidelines for safe lab re-occupancy and physical distance guidance. You can find them at:

  • What is the process for plan prioritization and approval?

    What is the process for plan prioritization and approval?

    UBC has developed broad guidelines for the review and approval of COVID-19 Safety Plans. Overall, prioritization will be based on five categories. Please note that other factors may be considered as necessary in the timing of the approval of individual plans. The five categories include:

    • Academic/research resumption
    • Services that directly support the resumption of research, teaching and learning
    • Revenue-generating units
    • University ancillary services
    • Administrative units
  • Where can find information on the status of safety plans that have been submitted for approval?

    Where can find information on the status of safety plans that have been submitted for approval? 

    You can find up to date information on the status of safety plans, as well as links to plans that have been approved at:  

  • Can I resume activity as soon as my plan is approved?

    Can I resume activity as soon as my plan is approved?

    As part of the approval process, you will be informed of the approved open/resumption date for your department. Please note: there may be a gap between the plan approval date and your designated open date.

    Before a building can be widely accessed, Building Operations must prepare it for re-occupancy so please contact your Building Facilities Manager and let them know about your plan as soon as possible.

    Once your plan is approved you will be responsible for abiding by the actions, to ensure a safe environment for faculty and staff. For example, all employees are required to complete mandatory training (UBC Vancouver | UBC Okanagan) prior to resuming UBC activities, or as soon as possible if they have been working on campus since the remote working arrangements were put in place.

    Those returning to campus are also required to follow the COVID-19 Campus Rules.

  • Does my team need to continue working remotely, while we wait for a decision on our safety plan?

    Does my team need to continue working remotely, while we wait for a decision on our safety plan?

    Any work that can be done remotely should continue to be done remotely. Once all measures described in your plan are in place, remote workers can return to campus in accordance with the schedule outlined in the approved plan.

  • Do I have to complete safety training before returning to campus?

    Do I have to complete safety training before returning to campus?

    All faculty and staff are required to complete mandatory online training (UBC Vancouver | UBC Okanagan) if their work requires them to be on-campus. This training has been designed to help us all in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 on our campuses. 

  • What is the Safety Plan Onsite Review Program?

    What is the Safety Plan Onsite Review Program?

    The Safety Plan Onsite Review Program is in place to help ensure that the measures and mitigations in UBC’s safety plans are working effectively. A member of the Safety and Risk Services team may reach out to carry out an onsite review after your safety plan has been approved. The review is an opportunity to discuss any areas for improvement and make adjustments where necessary.

  • UBC Vancouver: Where can I find information about my building during COVID-19 (including ventilation, water systems, and cleaning standards)?

    UBC Vancouver: Where can I find information about my building during COVID-19 (including ventilation, water systems, and cleaning standards)?

    With the gradual and phased re-occupancy of the university, the UBC Facilities website provides information and resources about Facilities’ operations and service levels for your building. UBC Facilities are working to ensure buildings are properly cleaned, operating, and maintained to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

  • How can I find information regarding on-campus research resumption?

    How can I find information regarding on-campus research resumption?

    The process for the gradual resumption of on-campus research is being led by individual Faculties. You can find information about the process and it’s guiding principles here. It is anticipated that as Faculty safety plans are approved, these will supersede existing research resumption plans.

  • What is UBC’s policy on non-medical masks?

    What is UBC’s policy on non-medical masks?

    Effective Wednesday, September 16, 2020, UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear non-medical masks, when indoors in common areas 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.  

    The requirement for the use of non-medical masks applies to shared indoor spaces within UBC buildings, such as hallways, stairways, building entryways, washrooms and study spaces, classrooms, common areas in residences and other high-traffic areas. Further details regarding this policy and its implementation will be posted online in the week commencing September 14.

    For the full announcement click here. For more information on the use of non-medical masks, you can also visit the Safety and Risk Services website.

    As part of UBC’s commitment to the health and safety of our community, and the responsibility we all share in preventing the potential for COVID-19, students, faculty, staff or visitors are required to follow UBC’s COVID-19 Campus Rules when on campus, such as assessing yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms and following signage and floor markings when moving around premises. 

  • Are there exceptions to UBC’s mask policy?

    Are there exceptions to UBC’s mask policy?

    There are some exceptions to wearing masks inside buildings on UBC premises. For more information, please refer to the COVID-19 Campus Rules.