Covid-19 update – Friday 27 August

Kia ora koutou, 

This afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Aotearoa New Zealand will continue at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 August, after which time everywhere south of Auckland will drop to Alert Level 3. It is likely that Auckland and Northland will continue at Alert Level 4 for another two weeks.

It could have felt like a long week for many of you, however we are seeing progress in the country’s efforts to contain the current Covid-19 cluster. Please continue to look after yourselves and have a good rest this weekend.

The Incident Management Team continues to gather information, and with the Vice-Chancellor, make decisions about teaching and learning, and the university’s operations as we move through alert levels.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) are yet to update their Alert Level 3 Guidelines for Tertiary Education Organisations which is necessary before confirming how access to campus will be managed under the reduced Alert Level. We are taking this precaution because we anticipate Alert Level 3 requirements will be stricter than those introduced in 2020, due to the infectious nature of the Delta variant.

Accessing campus for equipment
With level 4 continuing, a reminder that all staff (teaching and professional) can collect computer items and files only (no furniture is to be taken from campus at this stage) to allow you to continue working from home. Details are here.

Teaching and Learning
Next week is the start of the two-week mid-semester break for most programmes. Any teaching and assessment that is scheduled next week will take place online.

A reminder that when we do move to Alert Level 3, access to campus will be very limited and will be prioritised for research, postgraduate research students and students who must be on campus to complete their work.

Free access to Rec&Sport App
All staff can now access the UC Rec&Sport App for free until at least 30 September 2021.

There are a range of classes every day for all fitness levels so there really is no excuse – gather your bubble and get yourselves moving! Or try the 15 min meditation sessions at 12.15pm from next Monday on the livestream. There is also the 3pm Wellness Snack on the UC Rec & Sport Facebook page for 5-10mins of daily stretching. 

Student financial hardship
Please be aware of support available for students facing financial hardship:

Vaccines
Don’t forget to book your appointment to get your vaccine if you haven’t already. You don’t need to use sick leave to attend a vaccination appointment or to take a family member to be vaccinated.

More information
The UC Covid information page is regularly updated and has a wealth of information. If you have any questions about UC’s Covid response, please email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz or speak to your line manager.

Today’s email to all students is here

For the latest information visit the Government Covid-19 website.

We will be in touch again early next week as the situation develops.

Kia haumaru te noho,

Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui
Incident Controller