EMAIL | UC Information on the move to Alert Level 1

Today the Government announced that the majority of Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 effective from 11.59pm tonight and Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm, Wednesday 23 September.

At Alert Level 1 there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but our borders will remain closed.

This is welcome news as we head towards the end of the academic year and examinations. You’re encouraged to continue focusing on your learning and looking after your wellbeing to ensure a strong finish to this year. If you need any support with this, head to the Wellbeing Hub

Face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will continue without restriction and online classes (live or recorded) will continue for the rest of the year. You will still see stickers of where to sit in lecture theatres, classrooms and libraries but you do not need to follow these at Alert Level 1. If the situation changes you will be told. If you are unsure about anything course-related, please speak to your course coordinator.

Although there are no restrictions at Alert Level 1 it is important to remember COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and we recommend you continue to follow general advice to ensure we are keeping ourselves and our UC community safe.

  • Face coverings help keep you and others safe. Continuing good habits with face coverings will keep you and others safe, even at Alert Level 1 when it’s no longer compulsory.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. This is the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19. If you have cold or flu symptoms please call your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453).
  • Location tracking is still important at Alert Level 1, the Government’s advice is that fast and effective contact tracing helps to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. When you are on campus, please keep note of where you’ve been, and use the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan QR codes or scan your Canterbury Card.
  • Focus on your hygiene by washing your hands frequently. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.
  • Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate. Please be compassionate and kind, we are in this together.

Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19 and if you have any questions or concerns, email

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