As we begin the 2022/23 academic year, we know many of you will have concerns about COVID-19. Current guidance from BC’s Provincial Health Officer says that wearing a mask is an individual choice at this point in the pandemic. It’s important to respect each other’s decisions and show compassion to those with different comfort levels and personal health considerations.
ECU’s actions are informed by public health guidance. Guidance may change in future, but please be assured that we will inform you right away of any impacts on our campus activities.
Here’s a reminder of the key measures and recommendations that remain in place at Emily Carr as we continue to work together and support each other this term:
Immunization is key: Getting vaccinated and boosted is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Find out where to get your dose at gov.bc.ca.
Don’t forget the fundamentals of disease prevention: It’s crucial to recognize the basics of curbing the spread of COVID-19, such as covering your coughs and washing your hands.
Recognize the symptoms: If you are feeling ill or experiencing the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and use the helpful self-assessment tool to monitor your conditions and determine whether to test yourself.
Rapid tests are still available: If you haven’t gotten your free rapid test kit from ECU yet, you can pick one up on campus until supplies last. And if you’re 18 or older, you can now collect a kit from your local pharmacy. Learn more about how to get free rapid test kits.
Enhanced cleaning procedures will continue: Rigorous protocols will remain in place to ensure the frequent cleaning of high-traffic areas and the disinfection of high-contact surfaces across campus.
Measures may change again as required by the Ministry of Health and Public Health Officer’s orders. We will continue to adapt as the situation evolves and will keep you informed of any decisions that impact your work or studies at Emily Carr.
We hope you have an excellent start to the year.