The University of British Columbia (UBC) has chosen to keep its indoor mask requirement in place until June 30, 2022.

According to Erudera.com, the decision comes after indicators of new Omicron strains and a rise in the number of cases, as well as scientists warning that British Columbia may be entering the sixth wave of the pandemic.

President Santa Ono and Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan Lesley Cormack stated masks are necessary when indoors on both campuses in a broadcast message delivered to academics, staff, and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan.

Students, professors, and staff attending academic activities outside of university campuses should still wear masks if required by a Public Health Order, according to the announcement.

“As we near the end of Winter Session, we’d want to thank all of our students, teachers, and staff for continuing to show their resilience and respect for safety procedures as we returned to campus for the bulk of programming,” the statement said.

Following recent modifications to Public Health Orders, including the necessity for lifting masks, UBC voted on March 10 to mandate masks in public interior locations on both campuses until the conclusion of the 2021/22 winter term (April 30, 2022).

“At the time, UBC decided to keep masks required in public interior locations on both campuses until the conclusion of Winter Session on April 30, 2022.” “This decision was based on evidence that masks are a simple, but important, way to continue to provide all members of the UBC community with an additional layer of protection,” university leaders said, urging everyone to get their COVID-19 booster doses as soon as possible and to support colleagues as the pandemic continues.

Other Canadian universities, like British Columbia’s, have stated that COVID-19 measures will be maintained. On the advice of Ottawa Public Health, Carleton University, one of the city’s biggest campuses, has decided to retain the mandatory COVID-19 mask requirement in place until further notice.
In all university facilities, including offices, classrooms, and labs, members of the community must wear a three-layer mask.

At the same time, students at McGill University are required to wear face masks at all times, with the exception of when eating or drinking, if they are unable to wear the mask for health reasons, if they are working alone in a closed office, if they are participating in a physical activity and maintaining a two-meter distance, and so on.

On Saturday, Ontario reported 1,684 COVID-19 patients in hospital, the highest number since February 12.

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