Non-medical masks and BC Vaccine Card


This week, the BC provincial government made updated announcements to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season. UBC continues to take direction from the provincial government as we plan and consider next steps.

Non-medical masks required in public indoor spaces

Starting today, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.
As a result of the Public Health Order, effective August 25, 2021, non-medical masks are required for people 12 and older in all indoor public areas at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs. The Order also applies to anyone taking public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle.

BC Vaccine Card

On Monday, the BC provincial government announced that the BC Vaccine Card will be introduced by a new order from the provincial health officer. The order will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access a range of activities, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events, such as conferences and weddings. The BC Vaccine Card will come into effect on September 13, 2021.


I understand you may have questions and UBC will provide more information on the implementation of the BC Vaccine Card, and the range of on-campus activities that require it, as we learn more. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and the UBC COVID-19 Advisory Committee are convening now to provide clarity, and will be updating the ‘COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines’

For the latest university-wide updates and useful FAQs, please visit

Thank you all for your continued efforts and for working safely together. Please be kind and stay safe.


John Metras
Associate Vice-President, Facilities