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Email | Staying at Alert Level 2 – what you need to know

Kia ora koutou students and staff,

The Prime Minister has tonight extended the alert levels for 12 more days – Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand will stay at Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm Wednesday 26 August.

This is good news for us, I encourage all students and staff to continue to focus on teaching and learning. We’ve got a week to go until classes finish, so we’re nearly there.

What this means for UC is outlined below and we will continue to keep you updated as more information is made available. Send any questions to ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

UC campus and student accommodation will remain open.

Teaching and learning

  • Learn sites are the main place for updates and detailed course information.
  • Lectures will continue online.
  • Labs and small specialist classes under 100 people will continue with physical distancing. In some circumstances face coverings may be required. If this is the case we can provide coverings to any students who haven’t brought their own.
  • Tests will go ahead with physical distancing.
  • Assessments due during this period will not change.
  • Application forms for special consideration for COVID-19 reasons can be found here.

Libraries and common spaces will remain open with the following restrictions

  • The 1 metre physical distancing rule will be strictly enforced in the Central Library and access will be limited to 700 people.
  • Everyone entering the library must scan the COVID QR code on display and scan their Canterbury Card (to enable us to track numbers).
  • The RecCentre will remain open with reduced class sizes. Book your place via the RecCentre app.
  • Cafes and food outlets remain open with physical distancing.
  • Additional cleaning of UC premises has commenced again at Alert Level 2.

Location tracking

  • UC is required by the Government to implement processes for location tracking so contact tracing can take place if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.
  • You are required to scan either your Canterbury Card or the government app QR codes on display with your mobile phone when entering buildings and spaces around campus.

Health and wellbeing

  • All student care teams are available visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/health/
  • Please call the Health Centre prior to your appointment. The Health Centre will not take walk-in appointments.
  • The At Risk Student Register has been reactivated to students to update their details.
  • Staff, if you need to work from home for health reasons, please discuss this with your manager.

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Physical distance where possible.
  • Consider wearing a face covering in places where you can’t physically distance.
  • Track your location via the government app, NZ COVID tracer.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline 0800 611 116 and get advice about being tested.

More information

Visit UC’s COVID webpage for information about cleaning on campus, risk registers, wearing face coverings and financial support.

We have done this before, and we will get through this together. Kia kaha.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Quick poll | location tracking tools around campus

In order to fulfil the requirements of Alert Level 2, there are opportunities around campus to scan your Canterbury Card or the QR codes for location tracking purposes.

Even at Alert Level 1 we will need to continue location tracking. For that reason, we are interested to see how many people are using the tools available and to understand why some may not be.

Please take a moment to answer the quick questions below to help with this. 

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How often do you use our location tracking tools (e.g. Canterbury cards, QR codes)?
How often do you use our location tracking tools (e.g. Canterbury cards, QR codes)?
How often do you use our location tracking tools (e.g. Canterbury cards, QR codes)?
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If you have answered hardly ever or not at all, can you indicate why?
If you have answered hardly ever or not at all, can you indicate why?
If you have answered hardly ever or not at all, can you indicate why?

How safe is it to exercise at the gym?

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

MASSAGE THERAPY is back at the Rec Centre: OPEN 26th May

Haumanu Mirimiri | Massage Therapy


We have all been through so much over the last few weeks in such a fractured time. Why not take some time out whilst your on campus to treat yourself to a massage that can help de-stress those achy muscles from weeks of working at the desk. Our therapists are here to care for you and help support your wellbeing.

We have made a few changes to how we operate but still offer a great service and will open up part time initially. 

OPENING Tuesday 26th of May

With the current status of COVID-19 and Alert level 2 in New Zealand, we have been recommended by Massage New Zealand (MNZ) to follow the health professionals guidelines from the ministry of health and can open.

Procedures Alert level 2:

  • Only 45 min and 60 minute appointments are available
  • We need to work in with block bookings for opening hours of the Rec Centre and cleaning schedules
  • Please bring your own WATER
  • Sign in at Reception and wait in the allied health waiting area for your appointment
  • 1 metre distancing from all people in the circulation space and in the waiting area
  • We have 1 use-masks available if you want to use them during your massage
  • Therapists are to use masks at their discretion
  • If you show any signs of being UNWELL you MUST rebook or cancel your massage and/or, the therapist has right of refusal to treat should you show signs of being unwell
  • Please sanitize your hands before and after your appointment
  • There is 30 minutes in between appointments to allow for cleaning and sanitizing of the massage room

We look forward to seeing you

BOOK HERE: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucreccentre/massage/

Preparing for Change

As we head into Level 2, many of us will experience mixed emotions about this change. We all respond to change in different ways, therefore it is important that we remember to be kind to ourselves and others during this transition.

Here are some ways that you can prepare yourself for change:

  • Create a list of positive outcomes: Change can be an overwhelming process therefore it is important that we think about the positive things that can occur as a result of change. Make a list of positive outcomes from this change for you to refer back to when you need a positivity boost.
  • Create a self-care plan: To remind you of the coping strategies that you can use if you ever become overwhelmed or need a break.
  • Voice your concerns: Speak to a friend or a family member about any concerns that you may have about the change, you may find that they too feel the same way.
  • Give yourself time to adjust: Be kind to yourself, change can take time to adjust to, take one day a time.
  • Celebrate small victories: During this transition it is important that we celebrate the small wins. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting up on time; for missing the morning traffic; for going to the library to study instead of staying at home; or for completing a workout; these are only a few examples.