Kia ora koutou,
This evening, the Prime Minister confirmed Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Covid-19 Alert Level 4 from 11.59pm tonight, Tuesday 17 August.
You can keep up-to-date with the latest Government information on Alert Level 4 here.
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, the Vice-Chancellor has activated the Incident Management Team, and the Vice-Chancellor and Incident Controllers are the decision-making authority.
The University of Canterbury campus will be closed from 11.59 Tuesday 17 August, with the exception of student accommodation and those providing essential services, which includes Health Centre staff, pharmacy staff, security, and other essential staff.
Please do not try to access campus unless you are on the essential staff list. Essential staff will be advised. If you aren’t contacted and think you should have been, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working from Home
UC staff are to work from home from Wednesday 18 August. You are welcome to collect computer equipment, including laptops and monitors, before 11.59pm this evening.
At this stage please do not remove any office furniture from University of Canterbury buildings. Refer to the UC Covid Information page for more on working from home.
Teaching and learning
All classes have been cancelled for the remainder of this week. Tests, assignments and other assessments will not take place during this time. Course coordinators are asked to start considering rescheduling or modifying assessment to accommodate the lockdown. Students are being told to refer to AKO | Learn for the latest course information, so please keep learn up to date, even if it is to say details will be available at a later date.
Please prepare yourself for the possibility of online teaching and learning from Monday 23 August, including potentially running assessments online.
The Accommodation team has been working closely with halls of residence to ensure appropriate measures are in place. Students should check with their individual hall for details.
Events and Gatherings
Under Alert Level 4 all gatherings and events are cancelled, and all venues closed.
If you are currently in Auckland, contact Orbit to make arrangements to return home as soon as possible.
If you have any University-related travel planned for anywhere in New Zealand over the next seven days you must pause these travel plans until lockdown is lifted from the whole of New Zealand.
If you have visited Auckland, the Coromandel or locations of interest (published in the Government Covid website) since Thursday 12 August you should follow isolation recommendations on the Government Covid website.
Health and wellbeing
Look after yourself and others in these uncertain and unique times. Check out the online wellbeing hub where there’s a wealth of handy information covering anxiety and stress and mind and body, for both staff and students.
People at Higher Risk
People with underlying health conditions are most at risk of Covid-19 becoming a severe illness. The University will work closely with these staff and students to ensure their individual needs are met.
If you have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline on 0800 611 116 and get advice about being tested.
Taking this action is in the best interests of us all and as complicated as our situation is, it’s important to remember we remain in a better position compared to other parts of the world. Let’s focus on what each of us can do to ensure a return to normal life as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, visit the UC Covid information page, speak to your line manager or email email@example.com. Click here to see the student communication.
We have done this before, and we will get through this together.
We will be back in touch tomorrow.