COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources

March 29, 2021

To address rising COVID-19 case counts, protect communities, and help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, the Provincial Health Officer has amended the provincial public health orders effective midnight tonight, March 29, 2021.

As always, health and safety is UFV’s number one priority and the University will strictly adhere to the directives of the BC Provincial Health Officer, the BC Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

New and amended orders and guidelines are in effect through April 19, 2021. New restrictions and their impact on UFV are highlighted below.

Province-wide restrictions as announced by Dr. Bonnie Henry

  1. Workers are strongly encouraged to work from home, where possible.
    • Remote work: For UFV faculty and staff this means continuing to work remotely wherever possible. You should only come to a UFV campus for essential activities, for example, face-to-face teaching.
    • Face-to-face classes continue: All face-to-face and remote classes will continue as scheduled.

  1. Dine-in food service is prohibited except for dining facilities for student housing and cafeterias serving students, faculty, and staff at educational institutions. Outdoor patios are also exempt. People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble only.
    • UFV Cascades Cafeteria: The UFV Cascades cafeteria in Abbotsford will remain open until the end of the winter term (April 9).


  1. Athletics: Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are also paused. Gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only i.e. one-on-one personal training.
    • UFV has suspended all Athletics as of today. This accelerates a planned break on all athletic activity for the exam period. Future decisions will reflect updates to Provincial Health orders.

Other restrictions announced today

  1. The previously announced class variance for limited indoor worship services has been suspended. Outdoor worship services under the current variance may continue.
  1. Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately.
  1. Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is closed through to April 19, 2021, to address and prevent community spread related to non-essential travel.
  1. Public health guidance for schools has also been amended to support and encourage students down to Grade 4 to wear masks while at school.

To learn about amended and existing province-wide restrictions, please visit the Province of BC COVID-19 site.

For more information on UFV’s response to COVID-19, visit the Safe return to campus section of this website.

Thank you for your continued diligence in helping curb the spread of this virus.

Latest updates

May 5:

  • COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer was released to help B.C.’s post-secondary institutions plan for a full return to on-campus teaching, learning and research in September 2021. It outlines key public health planning assumptions and safety measures to help institutions prepare for the fall semester and has been informed by a continued commitment to protecting the health, safety and well-being of campus communities, while remaining mindful of the importance of adaptability as conditions change.

Mar 15: 

Feb 01:

  • Education at UFV will continue to be delivered mainly online for the entire Summer 2021 semester (May 3 through August 26) with opportunities for limited face-to-face instruction where it is essential to achieving learning goals and outcomes. View summer semester registration dates and deadlines.


Stay informed

Health and safety

Your safety is our highest priority. View UFV's safety response to COVID-19.

Safe return to campus

Review our guides for a safe and gradual return to campus.


We are all in this together

UFV encourages you to avoid making assumptions about the risk of infection to students, faculty or staff that may based on ethnicity or travel history. UFV is inclusive, welcoming, embraces diversity, and supports cross-cultural exchange. No person should be targeted in any way or subjected to discrimination resulting from a perception they may be a carrier of a communicable disease. Any discrimination or harassment of this nature will not be tolerated.

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