All COVID-19 Updates from the UNA

Update: November 1, 2021
Mask Requirement in Indoor Facilities (Updated)

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, as per BC provincial health orders, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

The latest order from the provincial health officer (effective October 12, 2021) requires people ages 5 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

The UNA is requiring everyone who is in a program with children ages 5 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings as well.

Masks are not recommended for children under the age of two, but should be encouraged for children ages 2-4 in public settings.

Masks may be removed temporarily in indoor public places for the following reasons:

  • While participating in a sport or fitness activity in a sport facility
  • To consume food or beverage
  • To identify the individual wearing the mask
  • While staff are working in staff-only areas

Masks are exempt for the following:

  • People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others
  • People who may not be able to wear a mask for a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment
  • Children under the age of two. (Masks are not required but recommended for children ages 2-8.)

This temporary order will be reassessed as the B.C. vaccine card requirement is fully implemented in certain social and recreational settings, as announced by provincial health authorities on Aug. 23.

Update: September 13, 2021
Proof of Vaccination Requirement (Updated)

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), beginning September 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events and services that the UNA provides at the Wesbrook Community Centre and the Old Barn Community Centre.

  • Participants in Physical Activity Programs (Yoga, Dance, Martial Arts, Sports, etc.)
    • Ages 0-21: Not required to show proof of vaccination
    • Ages 22 and over: BC Vaccine Card (paper or digital) AND government photo ID
  • Parents/Guardians/Caregivers Assisting a Participant of Physical Activity Programs  
    • Not required to show proof of vaccination
  • Participants in Arts, Music and Educational Programs (if under 50 participants)
    • Not required to show proof of vaccination
  • Fitness Centre Users / Participants in Drop-In Sports
    • Ages 12-21: Not required to show proof of vaccination
    • Ages 22 and over: BC Vaccine Card (paper or digital) AND government photo ID
  • Attendees of Events/Programs with Over 50 Participants
    • Ages 0-11:  Not required to show proof of vaccination
    • Ages 12-18: BC Vaccine Card (paper or digital)
    • Ages 19 and over: BC Vaccine Card (paper or digital) AND government photo ID
  • Users Accessing the Following Services: Green Depot, Parking Services, Membership Services, Washroom Facilities, Common Areas 
    • Not required to show proof of vaccination

Before You Come to the Community Centre 

  • If you are required to show proof of vaccination, visit gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard to download your BC Vaccine Card. If you need a paper copy of your BC Vaccine Card, you can ask a friend or family member to print your electronic card or call 1-833-838-2323 to get your card mailed to you. If you were not immunized in BC or do not have a BC Vaccine Card for any other reason, please visit gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard for a list of other accepted vaccine documentation.
  • The Provincial Health Officer’s orders on face coverings is still in effect, so please bring a mask. More information about mask requirements and exemptions can be found on the UNA website.

Arriving at the Community Centre 

  • Enter the Wesbrook Community Centre or the Old Barn Community Centre through the main entrance. A proof of vaccination checkpoint will be located at the main entrance near the reception area. Wait for your turn to be attended by a UNA staff.
  • The UNA will not keep a record of your vaccination status information. If they are required, program participants and spectators will need to present their proof of vaccination, each time they come to class.

While at the Community Centre 

  • Exercise patience and expect wait times. Community centre staff are doing their best to keep the community safe and provide quality service during this unusual time. We apologize for any unforeseen delays. To avoid being late for class, please arrive 5-10 minutes early in case there is a line-up at the main entrance while we are streamlining the vaccine verification process.
  • Wear a mask. The Provincial Health Officer’s orders on face coverings is still in effect, so please bring a mask. More information about mask requirements and exemptions can be found at myuna.ca/mask-requirements.
  • Respect other peoples’ privacy. If it is required, someone’s vaccination status will be checked by a UNA staff member. There is no need to solicit this information from your fellow patrons or from your instructor. If you have any questions about how the UNA is enforcing the Provincial Health Officer’s order, please email us at programs@myuna.ca or call 604-822-4227.

See Us Again Another Time 

  • If you are required to show proof of vaccination but are only partially vaccinated: You have until October 24 to become fully vaccinated. You will not be allowed to attend your program if you are not full vaccinated after October 24.
  • If you are required to show proof of vaccination but are unvaccinated: We are sorry but you will not be allowed to attend your program. For a refund of your registration fee, please call Wesbrook Community Centre Front Desk at 604-822-4227 or email support@myuna.ca before the start of the program.
  • If you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms: Please stay at home and come visit us again when you are feeling better.

If you have any questions, please email us at programs@myuna.ca, or call 604-822-4227.


Update: August 27, 2021
Proof of Vaccination Requirement

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), beginning September 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events and services that the UNA provides.

The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (ages 12+). UNA staff will ask to see your proof of vaccination and valid government ID while accessing some services at the Wesbrook Community Centre, the Old Barn Community Centre and the UNA Main Office.

The requirement will be in place until January 31, 2022, subject to extension.

More details will come in the following weeks. Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive the latest news.

More information on the BC Vaccine Card and how to book your vaccination can be found on the Health BC website.­


Update: August 24, 2021
Mask Requirement in Indoor Facilities

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, as per BC provincial health orders, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

The order from the provincial health officer will require people 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not recommended for children under the age of two, but should be encouraged for children aged two to 12 in public settings.

Masks may be removed temporarily in indoor public places for the following reasons:

  • While participating in a sport or fitness activity in a sport facility
  • To consume food or beverage at a location designated for this purpose
  • To identify the individual wearing the mask
  • While staff are working in staff-only areas

Masks are exempt for the following:

  • People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others
  • People who may not be able to wear a mask for a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment
  • Children under the age of two. (Masks are not required but recommended for children ages 3-12.)

This temporary order will be reassessed as the B.C. vaccine card requirement is fully implemented in certain social and recreational settings, as announced by provincial health authorities on Aug. 23.


Update: July 5, 2021
UNA Services Update

After receiving updates from the Provincial Health Office and the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), we have updated the UNA Restart Plan that we shared last week. Beginning July 5, 2021, the following changes will be implemented:

Wesbrook Community Centre and Old Barn Community Centre

  • Front desk services, common spaces, washrooms (including lockers and change rooms at the Wesbrook Community Centre) will be reopened.
  • Lending of equipment and toys will resume.
  • Room bookings and birthday party bookings will remain suspended and will resume soon. Stay tuned for updates.

Wesbrook Fitness Centre and Old Barn Fitness Centre

  • Drop-in system to restart (pre-booking workout slots will no longer be necessary and pre-COVID capacities will be in effect)
  • Reminder: Please sanitize all fitness centre equipment immediately after use.

UNA Main Office

  • To re-open for general service to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Recreation Programs

  • Normal class sizes will resume
  • Physical distancing will no longer be required
  • Verbal health screening will no longer be required
  • Buffer times between classes will no longer be required
  • Sharing of equipment will resume
  • Normal cleaning standards will be implemented

General Safety

  • Wearing a mask while visiting/working at any UNA facility will be optional, however, it will be recommended in public indoor settings for all people ages 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they’re fully vaccinated and that’s okay.
  • If you are feeling sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and visit our facilities when you are feeling better.

As part of our Step 3 safety measures and to conform with Provincial Health Orders and WorkSafe BC guidelines, we will be replacing our COVID-19 Safety Plan with a Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. This plan will be shared on our website on July 5.

The above changes will be in place until the Province implements Step 4, at which point, we anticipate a full return to normal operations and service levels.

We are excited to welcome the community back into our facilities and we hope to see you soon!


Update: June 17, 2021
Updates to Align Us with BC’s Restart Plan

The UNA has been reviewing its COVID-19 restrictions in order to align them with BC’s Restart Plan. Since moving into Step 2 of the Restart Plan, here are some of the things to note at our facilities and recreational programming:

  • The following are now mask-optional activities:
    • Dance, music, martial arts programs for children ages 12 and under
    • Adult sports played in the indoor court
  • Adult sport bookings are now available for groups of four people starting June 21.
  • The Wesbrook Fitness Centre now opens earlier to accommodate more appointments. Please see the new hours below:
    • Monday to Friday: 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    • Holidays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • General front desk services remain at the same level.
  • Controlled use of the Wesbrook Community Centre washrooms remains in effect.
  • The UNA’s COVID-19 Safety Plan will be updated according to new guidelines that WorkSafe BC will release next week.

We will continue to share updates as we receive further guidelines from the Provincial Health Office, WorkSafe BC and BC Recreational Parks Association.


Update: April 1, 2021
Yoga Classes Resume

On May 25 we entered Step 1 of BC’s Restart Plan. Restrictions on adult indoor low intensity group activities (including yoga and adult dance) have been lifted.  The following classes that were paused will resume on the following dates:

  • Exhilarate Yoga (in person and virtual) – May 26
  • Gentle Yoga (in person and virtual) – May 28
  • Yoga in Mandarin (in person) – May 29
  • Vinyasa Yoga (in person) – June 1

Update: April 1, 2021
Update to Recreational Services – 
Addition

Masks are now required at all times (including while exercising) when using the Wesbrook Fitness Centre and other UNA facilities.


Update: March 31, 2021
Update to Recreational Services

As directed by BC’s Provincial Health Officer, adult low intensity physical activity programs including dance, fitness and yoga have been paused until April 19, 2021. We will email you directly if a program you have registered for has been effected.

The following programs will continue to operate during this time:

  • Children/youth programs
  • Fitness centre and personal training
  • Singles adult sports (including private and semi private pickleball lessons)

Update: January 15, 2021
Group Adult Sport Program Cancellations

Under the current Public Health Order on Gathering and Events, group adult sports are cancelled until Feb. 6, 2021. This includes:

  • Badminton | Term 1
  • Table Tennis | Term 1
  • Pickleball | Term 1
  • Pickleball Lessons | Beginner
  • Pickleball Lessons | Intermediate
  • Pickleball Lessons | Advanced

Update: November 20, 2020
Province-wide Restrictions on Recreation Activities

As an update to the additional restrictions put in place by the BC Provincial Health Officer on November 7, 2020, the UNA will be cancelling all suspended indoor group physical activity classes. The decision to cancel the remainder of the season will allow time for physical activity programs to regroup and devise an updated safety plan for the upcoming winter season. Participants will be receiving a prorated refund for the cancelled classes in their program. A full list of programs affected is listed on our Indoor Physical Activities and Indoor Sports Suspended news post.

UNA staff will be working on updating current safety guidelines in time for Winter programming. Details on Winter program registration and the 2021 Winter Program Guide will be announced soon.

The order also states that the wearing of face masks is now mandatory in all indoor public spaces. The UNA has updated our mask policy and it also outlines exemptions and guidelines on enforcement. We will be updating our signs and posters by early next week.

The UNA Fitness Centre capacity has been reduced from 10 to eight people (excluding staff). This was done after reviewing the capacity limits of other fitness centres to help with physical distancing.

For questions about these changes, please email programs@myuna.ca.


Update: November 20, 2020
UNA Mask Guidelines

For the health and safety of staff, contractors and visitors, and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) requires the wearing of masks in all UNA indoor facilities effective immediately. More information can be found on our UNA Mask Guidelines post.


Update: November 10, 2020
Wesbrook Fitness Centre Suspension Lifted

After reexamining our safety measures and policies, the UNA is lifting the closure of the Wesbrook Fitness Centre. The Fitness Centre was temporarily closed after the an order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) was released on November 7 for additional safety measures to help control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To book a workout, please click here.


Update: November 8, 2020
Indoor Physical Activities and Indoor Sports Suspended 

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), the UNA is suspending all indoor group physical activities and indoor sports until November 23, 2020, 12:00 p.m. The order was placed on November 7, 2020 and is to take effect immediately.

A full list of suspended classes and activities can be found here.


Update: October 23, 2020
Green Depot Re-Opening 

We’re excited to announce that the Green Depot is going to be re-opening on Wednesday, October 28! Due to concerns surrounding Covid-19 and to provide a consistent service to the community, the Green Depot volunteer program has been paused. The Green Depot will be overseen by UNA staff.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Friday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What to expect when you come to the Green Depot  
Due to precautionary measures we are taking regarding COVID-19, the experience of coming to the Green Depot will be a bit different. The process for dropping-off your items has been modified to reduce contact between staff and residents and may require more time. Please ensure that you follow all posted instructions, as well as the instructions of the Green Depot Attendant.

  • Allow yourself at least 10 minutes per visit
  • Only one patron is permitted in the Depot at a time
  • Plexiglass barriers installed to protect patrons and staff
  • Reduced time spent in the Green Depot (patrons will not sort their own waste)
  • Patrons will be asked to provide contact information with each visit.
  • We appreciate your patience during this re-opening. Please do not leave items outside of the Green Depot.

For information about what items are accepted, visit the Green Depot Re-opening news post.


Update: October 14, 2020
Wesbrook Fitness Centre Re-Opening 

The UNA is re-opening the Wesbrook Fitness Centre as of October 15, 2020. We have made some important operational changes in order to re-open the facility safely.

  1. All participants must book time slots online. Each fitness centre time slot is for 75 minutes, with a limit of one time slot per participant per day. Time slots are currently available between 8:30 am – 8:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
  2. Social distancing of at least 2 metres must be maintained at all times. Equipment has been rearranged to allow for these social distancing requirements. There is now a limit of 10 people in the Wesbrook Fitness Centre at a time.
  3. New entry/exit procedures. All fitness centre users must enter the facility through the Lounge entrance and exit through the east stairwell.
  4. Reduced touch points. Participants will not be allowed to use lockers, change rooms, showers, or water fountains.
  5. Increased cleaning. UNA Fitness Centre staff will be disinfecting the fitness centre throughout the day.
  6. Mask wearing. UNA Fitness Centre staff will be wearing masks to protect themselves and participants. It is recommended that participants wear masks if they are able to do so while working out.

Our current plan for re-opening involves a phased approach to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and participants. All facility operations will continue to be guided by the BCCDC, BCRPA and provincial health authorities.

Upcoming changes are expected to include expanded available hours, purchasable monthly passes and the introduction of personal training sessions. The reopening of the Old Barn Fitness Centre is dependent on the reopening of the Old Barn. We will be providing more updates as these changes are implemented in the future.

For new fitness centre users:

For existing fitness centre users:

  • Log in to your existing UNA Account.
  • To book a time slot, existing members can choose between the following options:
    • Purchase a 10-punch pass while keeping monthly passes frozen.
    • Email support@myuna.ca to request that a monthly pass be unfrozen.
  • All monthly passes (1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month) will continue to stay frozen until January 2021 unless activated by the pass holder.

If you have questions about using the Wesbrook Fitness Centre, please contact us at support@myuna.ca.


Update: August 28, 2020
Online Application Process for UNA Cards & UNA Memberships

While our community centres remain partially closed due to COVID-19, UNA residents can now apply online for the following services:

  • UNA Card Application/Renewal: Gives UNA residents access to partner facilities and UNA discounts, and provides a simple way to check-in for community centre programs and fitness centres. Online address verification is required.
  • UNA Membership Application: A UNA Membership entitles UNA residents to vote at UNA Special General Meetings, Annual General Meetings and Board of Director Elections. Online address verification is required. (Note that an upcoming Special General Meeting is scheduled for September 30, 2020.

Full details on how to apply can be found here.


Update: August 25, 2020
Special General Meeting to Take Place Online

Please be advised that on September 30, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m., the UNA will convene a Special General Meeting (SGM) of its members for the purposes of considering two special resolutions proposing that the current UNA Bylaws and UNA Constitution be replaced with a new set of Bylaws and Constitution.

Due to restrictions on community gatherings and to support physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for the Province of British Columbia has issued Order No. 116, Electronic Attendance at Corporate Meetings, permitting individuals to attend corporate meetings by telephone or other communications medium.

The Board of Directors of the Association has determined that the SGM will be convened through video conference (Zoom). UNA Members will receive a link to join the virtual town hall meeting through their email addresses on file with the UNA. Please log in to your UNA Account to check that your email address is current.

Members may vote on the special resolutions either online or by proxy (appointed proxy holders will vote by paper ballot at the SGM).

More information about SGM can be found here.


Update: July 31, 2020
Regular Parking Enforcement Resumes Tuesday, Sept. 1

  • Parking Permits are currently available for purchase.
  • Regular Parking Permit enforcement will resume on September 1, 2020.
  • All previously purchased 2020-2021 permits will remain valid.

To help facilitate the renewal process safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, applications and payments for permits can now be done online and by phone. For more information, visit the UNA Parking page.


Update: July 4, 2020
UNA Staff Safety Plan

The UNA is committed to creating a safe environment for our staff and contract workers. Our Joint Staff Health and Safety Committee created the following COVID-19 safety plan that assesses the risk of exposure at the workplace and implements measures to keep our staff safe. Read more: UNA Staff Safety Plan (PDF Document)


Update: July 1, 2020
Community Centre Safety Measures

The UNA has taken careful considerations following BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), WorkSafe BC and BC provincial government guidelines in creating protocols to be able to re-open safely. The Community Centre Safety Policies contains details on the safety measures we have put in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.


Update: June 26, 2020
UNA Splash Pad at Wesbrook Community Centre Re-Opening

The UNA is re-opening the Wesbrook Community Centre splash pad this Saturday, June 27. Please note that the UNA will not be sanitizing this facility on a regular basis, so please use with caution.

We encourage users to comply with public health orders and guidelines on safety and physical distancing. We ask everyone to observe the reminders on the UNA signs and to use the outdoor facilities responsibly by:

  • Maintaining a 2-metre distance between yourself and others who are not in your household,
  • Washing or sanitizing your hands frequently,
  • Disinfecting personal equipment before and after use,
  • Refraining from sharing equipment,
  • Staying home if you feel sick

The Wesbrook Community Centre and the Old Barn Community Centre remain closed to the public, however, registration for a limited number of summer camps and fitness programs is now on place.

The UNA is approaching re-opening in a safe and thoughtful way that is in alignment with the Provincial Government’s B.C. Restart Plan, and in consultation with UBC and the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA).


Update: May 28, 2020
UNA Playgrounds, UBC Skate Park Re-Opening and Facility Updates

The UNA will be re-opening all neighbourhood playgrounds on Friday morning, May 29. Please note that the UNA will not be sanitizing playground equipment on a regular basis, so please use with caution.

UBC will also be re-opening the UBC skate park on Friday, May 29.

The Nobel Softball Diamond and the UNA Brockhouse Park Community Field were opened on May 8 and 26, respectively. We encourage users to use the fields for casual play and not competitive play.

We encourage users to comply with public health orders and guidelines on safety and physical distancing. We ask everyone to observe the reminders on the UNA signs and to use the outdoor facilities responsibly by:

  • Maintaining a 2-metre distance between yourself and others who are not in your household,
  • Washing or sanitizing your hands frequently,
  • Disinfecting personal equipment before and after use,
  • Refraining from sharing equipment,
  • Staying home, if you feel sick

The Wesbrook Community Centre and the Old Barn Community Centre remain closed to the public, however, registration for a limited number of summer camps and fitness programs will begin in early June. Registration information and safety guidelines/measures on how we are conducting summer programs will be posted soon.

The UNA Main Office remains closed to the public.

Parking permit renewals are suspended until further notice.

The UNA is approaching re-opening in a thoughtful way that is in alignment with the Provincial Government’s B.C. Restart Plan, and in consultation with UBC and the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA).


Update: May 26, 2020
UNA Brockhouse Park Community Field Re-Opening

This week, the Brockhouse Park Community Field at Wesbrook Place has been re-opened for public use with the caveat that users must always comply with public health orders and guidelines on physical distancing. We encourage everyone to observe the reminders on the signs posted on both of our community fields now reopened and to enjoy them responsibly.

Provincial health authorities have expressed that spending time outside during the coronavirus pandemic is important in maintaining good mental and physical health.

The Nobel Softball Diamond was opened on May 8 under the same physical distancing guidelines.

The re-opening of other UNA outdoor facilities is currently under review.


Update: May 8, 2020
UNA Nobel Park Softball Diamond Re-Opening

The Nobel Park softball diamond has been re-opened for public use with the caveat that users must always comply with public health orders and guidelines on physical distancing. We encourage everyone to observe the reminders on the signs posted on the field and to enjoy the park responsibly.

Provincial health authorities have expressed that spending time outside during the coronavirus pandemic is important in maintaining good mental and physical health.

The re-opening of other UNA outdoor facilities is currently under review.


Update: April 24, 2020
Reviewing Outdoor Space Closures

With guidance from Vancouver Coastal Health, a review is being conducted regarding the possibility of re-opening some closed outdoor spaces while complying with Provincial Health Officer orders. Updates on this topic will be sent to the community as soon as they are available.


Update: April 23, 2020
Survey for the Healthy Seniors, Resilient Community Program

Healthy Seniors, Resilient Community is a grant-funded project to support seniors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will assist the present needs of seniors as well as the forthcoming programs that benefit the collective health and well-being of seniors in our community.

Help us tailor this program to your needs by participating in the survey at myuna.ca/healthyseniors. For questions, please email: programs@myuna.ca.

The project is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) under the New Horizons Seniors Program.


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 for 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 on the BC Government Website.

Compliance and enforcement at UBC 

To limit the spread of COVID–19, 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 COVID–19 protocols for their site and to post the name and contact information of the site’s safety/health officer who will address any COVID–19 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 604–224-1322.


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 are 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:

  • Brockhouse Park Community Field
  • 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:

  • Wesbrook Place
    • Nobel Park playground
    • Michael Smith Park playground
    • Mundell Park playground
    • Khorana Park playground
  • Hawthorn Place
    • Jim Taylor Park playground
    • Larkin Drive playground
    • Eagles Park playground
  • East Campus
    • East Campus playground
  • 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 17, 2020
UNA Board Meetings Moved Online

Subject to mitigating factors, UNA Board of Directors meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. During the pandemic, meetings will be taking place over video conference to mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. More information can be found here.


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.

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