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Update: April 9, 2020

How is compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders and Guidelines being addressed in UNA neighbourhoods? 

Promoting physical distancing of people from one another is a key tactic to preventing infections with the virus. Physical distancing of 2 metres between people is recommended to reduce the risk of transmission.  

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)  is the best source for COVID-19 health information  

The province has adopted a graduated compliance and enforcement approach that generally starts with providing information, education and advice as the first step, with escalating measured enforcement only as required and looks to local jurisdictions for support. 

The federal government will continue to use its authority under the Quarantine Act to ensure compliance with the emergency order requiring individuals entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days, enforceable by the RCMP. Maximum penalties for breaking the federal emergency order include fines of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months, or up to $1 million and/or imprisonment up to three years for a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm.  More information can be found here.  

Compliance and enforcement at UBC 

To limit the spread of COVID19, UBC and the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) have encouraged staff to work remotely, if possible. During this time, the UNA will be supported by UBC Development Services staff in monitoring UNA areas, as part of their delivery of crucial services. 

  • Construction Sites: UBC Development Services staff visit every development site regularly to ensure compliance with regulations. Construction managers at large projects have been asked to produce COVID19 protocols for their site and to post the name and contact information of the site’s safety/health officer who will address any COVID19 related concerns. 
  • Businesses: UBC Development Services licenses all businesses in UNA areas and staff are regularly monitoring their activity relative to Provincial Health Orders. 
  • Parks and Public Areas: UBC Development Services staff will monitor UNA public areas through the course of their duties for general compliance with physical distancing guidance. 

While UBC staff do not have the authority to issue a fine or penalty pertaining to Public Health Orders, they can provide enforcement assistance to Provincial Health Officers by: 

  • monitoring facilities and areas closed to the public by a public health order; 
  • providing warnings, information and advice, including warnings to businesses and members of the public who may be acting in contravention of a public health order; and 
  • providing information on potential contraventions for follow-up by health authorities. 

If you have a concern regarding compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders and Guidelines at UBC, you can contact Grant Miller, Director of Planning, UBC Campus + Community Planning at 604-822-6991 

For questions regarding physical distancing or self-isolation, the Ministry of Health has an information line at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).

For information about UNA’s response to COVID-19 and links to health resources, please go to myuna.ca/covid-19.

For information about UBC’s response to COVID-19 and links to health resources, please go to covid19.ubc.ca.

The UBC RCMP detachment can be reached at 604224-1322 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

Update: April 3, 2020

Temporary Daycare at the Old Barn

The Old Barn Community Centre has transformed some of its space into a temporary, full-day daycare, which opened this week. This childcare service is for those who need it most, with priority given to children whose parents perform essential services during the pandemic. Operated by the YMCA, the daycare is open Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The YMCA considers the health and well-being of children, families and staff as a top priority. From the onset of COVID-19 in our province, the YMCA has been committed to continuing to provide child care to families as long it was feasible and aligned with the recommendations of the government agencies.

As its child care programs continue to operate, the YMCA is carrying out the following enhanced health measures in compliance with public health:

  • If a child or staff has had symptoms recently, such as fever, sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms before returning to child care;
  • Health screenings are being carried out and all families are asked to complete a Health Declaration Form at drop-off/sign-in each day. This is done at the main entrance thereby restricting access by parents to the program space;
  • If anyone develops symptoms or has a fever during a program, they will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days before returning to the YMCA program;
  • Regular hand washing for children and staff is taking place throughout the day; and
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces is completed at regular intervals.

The temporary YMCA daycare will be open until public school resumes or there is a provincial directive to close all daycare services.

The UNA is pleased to be able to support our community and its residents in as many ways as we can during these extraordinary times.

To apply for the YMCA Essential Child Care program, please email: essentialchildcare@gv.ymca.ca.

Update: March 27, 2020

Spring Programs Cancelled

The UNA has cancelled all Spring Programs in accordance with public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning on March 27, the UNA staff will start to refund registration fees in full. Refunds will be made directly to your accounts.

Refunds for Winter Programs, including pro-rated refunds for programs that were cancelled before the session was finalized, are now completed.

Currently, there are no changes to Summer Programs. Online registration for summer programs and summer camps will begin on May 25. However, we recognize that in these times, we must remain flexible and will reassess our programming in the coming weeks.

In addition to current facility closures, service suspensions, and the closure of all playgrounds, the UNA has also closed the Brockhouse Park Community Field and the Nobel Park Softball Diamond, effective March 23. These measures are necessary in order to adhere to public health advice for social distancing.

What is Social or Physical Distancing?

Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, involves keeping a distance of two metres from others. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says; “Social distancing is a way that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others. Even though we are not sick, we should still keep about two meters (six feet) or the length of a queen-sized bed from one another when we can when outside our homes.”

For questions about UNA facilities or services, please contact UNA staff who are all now working from their homes.

Update: March 23, 2020

Field Closures  (Effective March 23 until further notice)

As an added precaution against COVID-19, the UNA has closed its community fields to minimize public gatherings and risk to the community.

Please see below a list of closed playgrounds below:

  1. Brockhouse Park Community Field
  2. Nobel Park Softball Diamond

The UNA continues to ask community members to help protect others by staying off these fields and respecting closures.

The UNA continues to monitor this situation closely and provide the community with further updates.

Update: March 20, 2020

Playground Closures  (Effective March 20 until further notice)

As an added precaution against COVID-19, the UNA has closed its playgrounds to minimize public gatherings and risk to the community.

Please see below a list of closed playgrounds below:

  1. Wesbrook Place
    • Nobel Park playground
    • Michael Smith Park playground
    • Mundell Park playground
    • Khorana Park playground
  2. Hawthorn Place
    • Jim Taylor Park playground
    • Larkin Drive playground
    • Eagles Park playground
  3. East Campus
    • East Campus playground
  4. Chancellor Place
    • Iona Green Park playground
    • St Andrews Hall playground

The UNA continues to ask community members to help protect others by self-isolating if you are feeling sick or exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

The UNA continues to monitor this situation closely and provide the community with further updates.

Update: March 16, 2020

Facility Closures and Suspension of Services  (Effective March 16 until further notice)

At this time, both UNA community centres (Wesbrook Community Centre and the Old Barn Community Centre) will be closed starting 4 p.m., March 16 until further notice. The UNA main office on 5923 Berton Avenue will be closed starting March 17. Parking permit renewals are suspended as well and parking permits that will expire on March 30 will be valid until further notice. On March 15, we announced that we are cancelling spring camps, winter programs, room bookings and drop-in programs. A detailed list of all closures and suspended services is below.

Please note that corresponding fees or pro-rated fees will be refunded directly or credited to your account. Refunds may take 5-10 business days to reflect.

The UNA Board of Directors meeting scheduled for March 17 will be held remotely. The community is invited to tune into the live stream linked on the UNA website. UNA staff who are able to do their work remotely will be transitioned to work from home starting March 17 and continue to be available through email.

While the B.C. Ministry of Health maintains that the risk to British Columbians remains low, we are putting in place these precautions to limit close contact with others. Please bear with us as we take further measures to ensure our community’s safety.

Please see below for a list of closures and suspended services effective March 16 until further notice.

Facility Closures

  • Wesbrook Community Centre (3335 Webber Ln.)
    • Closed until further notice, early closure on March 16, at 4 p.m.
  • Old Barn Community Centre (6308 Thunderbird Blvd.)
    • Closed until further notice, early closure on March 16, at 4 p.m.
  • UNA Main Office (5923 Berton Ave.)
    • Closed until further notice, starting March 17
  • Community Field and Nobel Softball Diamond
    • Open for community use, no booking required

Suspended Services

  • Parking permit renewals (parking permit expiry date will be extended until further notice)
  • Parking enforcement will be limited to essential services enforcement (accessible zones, car-share zones, no-parking zones, fire lanes, bus stops, loading zones)
  • All fitness passes
  • All spring break camps
  • All room bookings
  • All events for April, including “Easter at the Barn” and “Earth Day”
  • All remaining winter programs and classes, including drop-in programs (Spring programming will be assessed in the coming days.)

The UNA continues to ask community members to help protect others by self-isolating if you are feeling sick or exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

The UNA continues to monitor this situation closely and provide the community with further updates.

Update: March 15, 2020

At this time, UNA spring camps, winter programs, room bookings and drop-in programs are cancelled due to an elevated risk based on activities. Please bear with us as we adjust our programming to help keep our communities safe.

Additionally, some UNA facilities will be observing limited hours and capacity limits will be in place to reduce risk of transmission.

While the B.C. Ministry of Health has assessed that the risk to British Columbians remains low, we are putting in place these precautions to limit close contact with others.

Please note that corresponding fees or pro-rated fees will be refunded directly or credited to your account. Refunds may take 5-10 business days to reflect. There is no need to come to the community centres to ask for a refund.

Update: March 13, 2020

With growing concerns about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) would like to update the UNA community, partners and clients on actions we are taking in response.

From the onset of COVID-19 in B.C., the UNA has been following the lead of Canadian public health authorities. For now, the B.C. Ministry of Health has assessed that the risk to British Columbians remains low and the UNA encourages you to follow the advice of health authorities. We will provide a list of health authorities at the end of this update.

The safety of community members who use our facilities is a top priority of the UNA. UNA community centres (Wesbrook Community Centre and the Old Barn Community Centre) are cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis. We have also introduced enhanced cleaning protocols for these facilities and focused disinfection of high-touch areas including door handles, countertops and bathrooms. We are providing additional cleaning supplies in activity rooms and ask that users continue to wipe down equipment once they are finished. Posters emphasizing proper hand hygiene can be found throughout the centres.

Currently, all community centre programming will run as usual. However, in this time of uncertainty, we want to be flexible with refunds and cancellations. We will waive our current cancellation policies in the interim for spring break camps, room bookings, field bookings and birthday parties. We want to make sure that you are not penalized for ensuring your family’s health and well being.

At the advice of the B.C. Ministry of Health, we will be cancelling any events of more than 250 people until further notice and, as such, are cancelling Easter at the Barn (April 13) and our Earth Day celebration (April 18). We will provide further updates regarding events scheduled in May.

The UNA continues to ask community members and community centre users to help protect others. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting flu-like symptoms, please refrain from visiting UNA facilities.

The UNA is working to protect our staff by putting in place an extended work-from-home policy and other new employment policies.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide the community with further updates as needed.

INFORMATION LINKS

UNA SERVICES OVERVIEW

The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) is committed to taking responsible action to keep the community safe during this time. This page will be used to provide information about facility closures and service disruptions.

Facility Closures

  • Wesbrook Community Centre (3335 Webber Ln.)
    • Closed until further notice, early closure on March 16, at 4 p.m.
  • Old Barn Community Centre (6308 Thunderbird Blvd.)
    • Closed until further notice, early closure on March 16, at 4 p.m.
  • UNA Main Office (5923 Berton Ave.)
    • Closed until further notice, starting March 17
  • All UNA playgrounds are closed until further notice, starting March 20.
    • Nobel Park playground
    • Michael Smith playground
    • Mundell Park playground
    • Khorana Park playground
    • Jim Taylor Park playground
    • Larkin Drive playground
    • Eagles Park playground
    • East Campus playground
    • Iona Green Park playground
    • St. Andrew Hall playground
  • Brockhouse Park Community Field and Nobel Park Softball Diamond
    • Closed until further notice, starting March 23

Suspended Services

  • Parking permit renewals (parking permit expiry date will be extended until further notice)
  • Parking enforcement will be limited to essential services (accessible zones, car-share zones, no-parking zones, fire lanes, bus stops, loading zones)
  • All fitness passes
  • All spring break camps
  • All room bookings
  • All events for April, including “Easter at the Barn” and “Earth Day”
  • All remaining winter programs and classes, including drop-in programs (Spring programming will be assessed in the coming days.)