COVID-19 QR codes around campus have been updated to the Ministry of Health’s NZ COVID Tracer app. The government’s official app is a useful tool to help you to track your movements around campus. Keep track of where you go to continue to keep yourself and your whānau safe, while supporting New Zealand’s efforts in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Register here>
As we move forward to Semester 2, make a point of encouraging and supporting students to track their movements around campus.
The RecCentre has been open for just over a week now, and in the first week, we’ve seen just over 620 members, across 1355 visits, have a safe and enjoyable experience at the gym. We’ve recorded 1355 visits, some of you have been just once, whilst others have come a bit more frequently. So, how safe is the gym?
Based on what we know, Covid-19 appears to be spread primarily through close personal contact with an infected person, or potentially through touching high contact surfaces. So, gyms don’t necessarily pose a greater risk than any other public space where people gather. Our team have taken extra precautions to keep you safe, and there are a few things you can do as well to reduce your risk of becoming sick.
Physical distancing – 2m between exercisers at all times, sadly no high fives or physical assists/spots at this time
Cleaning – our team cleans down high touch points every 90mins, and our members have their own disinfecting kit to clean down equipment before and after use . In addition, our gym is part of the UC fogging schedule
Hand & Face Hygiene – sanitiser stations are everywhere, including on arrival. Bathrooms are available to wash your hands with soap and water for 20secs. Also, try to remember to not touch your face!
Reduced capacity – having less people in the gym and classes, means it’s easier for you to keep your distance
Bookings essential – we can easily comply with track and tracing requirements, and you can avoid FOMO by booking your workout session. We clear the building at the end of every session, so we can do the high touchpoint cleaning and manage our entry & exit points for physical distancing
Stay home – we expect our staff to stay home if they feel unwell. We expect our members to do the same. We have over 100 recorded workouts on our YouTube channel if you feel good enough to exercise, but that little tickle in your throat or allergies says you should stay home.
As we progress through Alert Level 2, the team aims to open up more services and facilities, allowing greater capacity in the gym, longer opening hours and the return of sport. We’ve seen some great etiquette so far, and if this continues we should see this progress nicely.
Me taiki, noho pai. Take care and stay well.
UC Rec & Sport
The Incident Management Team has done a remarkable job over the last 10 weeks of guiding UC through what has been, and continues to be, a deeply uncertain period since the COVID-19 outbreak. NZ moved back to Level 2 – Reduce – on Wednesday, 13 May at 11:59pm and the University of Canterbury campus reopened the following day. While teaching remains online for the remainder of this semester, most of the campus is now open for staff and students.
Transition to BAU
Planning has been in place for transitioning between levels throughout the IMT response period but the focus now appropriately shifts to handing back responsibility for teaching, research, and service delivery to the business. Friday, 29 May has been recommended as the handover date as it is a natural point to do so with the end of lectures for Semester 1.
The Incident Controllers; Michel Fivet, Ripeka Tamanui-Hurunui and Steve Gibling will continue to support the transition and will be in readiness to stand up the IMT again if we need to move up alert levels in the future.
As we look ahead, a new Post COVID-19 Core group has been put in place with two key focuses; business continuity and growth opportunities for the future. A new email address for staff has also been set up email@example.com for your queries about the way we work together in a post COVID world. More information on the new work streams that have been set up will be shared next week as we move into the next phase of our response to COVID-19.