The Government has this afternoon confirmed that COVID-19 Alert Level 2 will continue for Aotearoa New Zealand until 11.59pm on Monday 21 September, pending cabinet confirmation earlier on Monday.
We anticipated this outcome, so there will be no change to the guidelines already in place for Term 4. To remind yourself of what this means for UC, follow this link>
Minimising risk to you, our staff and UC whānau remains our primary focus. Here are just four things you can do to ensure you’re best protecting yourself and others while you’re on campus:
- Prioritise contact tracing
Please use the Government’s NZ COVID Tracer app, or your Canterbury Card, to scan into every building and lecture theatre you enter on campus. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app now.
There are QR codes inside lecture theatres and other spaces, so there is no need to crowd around entrance ways – maintain physical distancing as you enter venues, and scan the code/s once inside.
- Physical distancing and designated seating
Room capacities are limited to ensure physical distancing and stickers are being used to indicate where to sit. If there isn’t a seat for you in a lecture theatre then you will be unable to stay in the lecture, and will need to watch the lecture online.
A physical distance of 1 metre should be maintained at all times. The 1m rule is being strictly enforced in the library and numbers in the Central Library are limited to 700 to help with this.
You should not be asked to ignore this guideline in any situation, if you have any concerns about this, email email@example.com.
- Face coverings
Anyone attending lectures or other classes including labs, tutorials and workshops in person are expected to wear a face covering.
Face coverings help to protect you and others when you are unable to maintain physical distancing, by stopping droplets from spreading when you speak, laugh, cough or sneeze. Information on how to make a DIY face covering can be found here>
Face coverings do not need to be worn by people with a disability or physical or mental health condition which makes it difficult to wear a face covering. Check out this video from the UCSA Exec team for more: https://youtu.be/9X1qXn4qJiY
- Maintain good hygiene
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
- Put used tissues into the bin or a bag immediately after use
- Wash your hands with soap and water often
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Look at scientific facts, not hype and,
- If you’re sick, please don’t come to campus.
Look after yourselves and each other.