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COVID-19: UC information on returning to Alert Level 1

The Prime Minister has confirmed that all regions outside of Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 from 6am on Sunday 7 March.

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

Teaching and learning
Under Alert Level 1, face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume without restriction. 

Events and gatherings can resume without restriction, however we recommend organisers ensure COVID contingencies are built into any future plans, so they’re prepared for all eventualities.

Important advice and guidelines:
While Alert Level 1 means we can return to business as usual, it’s important we remain prepared and ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.

  • Stay at home if you’re feeling unwell. This is the best thing you can do to prevent any future spread of COVID-19. If you feel sick, you can protect the rest of the UC community by staying at home. If you have cold or flu symptoms, please call your GP or Healthline for advice.
  • Location tracking is still important in Alert Level 1, so when you are on campus, please keep note of where you have been by using the COVID Tracer appto scan into every building and lecture theatre and where possible, activate the Bluetooth tracing functionality.
  • Good habits with face coverings are encouraged, even at Alert Level 1 when they’re no longer compulsory, as they help stop droplets from spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. Find more information on face coverings here>
  • Focus on your hygiene. UC has a robust cleaning schedule in place in all areas on campus, however it’s important that our staff and students continue frequent hand washing, sneezing and coughing into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.

Posters and digital screens 
Remember to take down the Alert Level 2 posters and digital screens and replace these with Alert Level 1 designs. These will be available within the next hour here.  

More information
See UC’s COVID-19 Information page for additional information on cleaning, Health Centre guidelines, gatherings and events, links to commonly required information and more.

Click here to see the communication sent to students

Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate, so please be compassionate and kind. We thank all of you for your support and cooperation this week. If you have any questions, please speak to your line manager or email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together

COVID-19: UC information on move to Alert Level 2

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, the UC Campus will move to COVID Alert Level 2 from 6am Sunday 28 February – tomorrow morning.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to familiarise yourself with what Level 2 means everyone in our UC community:

Focus on hygiene:

  • Cough or sneeze into elbow or cover mouth and nose with a tissue
  • Put used tissues into the bin or a bag immediately after use
  • Wash 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

Be fastidious with your use of the COVID Tracer app.

Stay home if you’re unwell. We cannot emphasise this enough – if you have cold or flu symptoms, please call your GP or Healthline  (0800 358 5453) for advice.

We are working to confirm what this means for teaching, learning and use of our communal spaces in the coming week, and will have more information to share with you tomorrow afternoon.

If you have any questions or concerns, email communications@canterbury.ac.nz.

Kia kaha. He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

COVID-19: reminder on UC travel restrictions

As you will recall, travel restrictions were put in place for all UC travellers in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late last year, the Risk Advisory Committee (RAC) considered options for travel in 2021 and after careful deliberation of all issues, including health risks and travel insurance, the Committee determined that the current restrictions should remain in place, i.e.

Any air travel (domestic, trans-Tasman, or international) may only proceed if deemed essential and only with SLT approval.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains volatile and any travel should only be for essential purposes and if approved by an SLT member. The RAC will keep the current restrictions under continuous review and advise if there are any changes.