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.

A move to Alert Level 1 means there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but our borders will remain closed.

This is welcome news as we get closer to the end of the academic year and examinations. This year has been challenging and it will be important to continue encouraging students to focus on their wellbeing, learning and final examinations, while looking after your own wellbeing, to ensure a strong finish to this year.

In Term 4 all face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume, and you will need to continue providing online (live or recorded) lessons and course materials. You will still see seat stickers in lecture theatres, but at Level 1 they do not need to be abided by. You will be advised if the situation changes.

Even though 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 trackingis 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 hygieneby 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.

The email sent to students today is available here.

Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19 and if you have any questions about the future direction of the University, email