March 17, 2020

COVID19-Update

St. Andrew’s Hall (SAH) staff are closely monitoring the developments regarding the Covid 19 pandemic, and following protocols set out by both the Province of British Columbia and The University of British Columbia (UBC).  For more information please see:  https://www.ubc.ca/campus-notifications/ 

Staff are providing extra cleaning of public spaces, including common areas and high touch areas such as door handles.  Residents are encouraged to also maintain a heightened regime of cleaning in their units.  Physical distancing (at least 2 meters apart) is essential to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Following the guidance of provincial health officials, all social gatherings at SAH have been cancelled including the Tuesday chapel service, Wednesday Soup Supper, etc.

The Canadian government now recommends that those returning to Canada from other countries should self-isolate for 14 days.  If you are in a studio, one or two bedroom, or townhouse you are asked to remain in your unit.  If you are returning to Canada and in a quad room, we ask that you do not return to SAH at this time.  Please inform the housing office of your return to Vancouver (housing@standrews.edu) and begin a 14 day self-isolation in a different location (family, friends, hotel, air bnb, etc).  For those with more questions regarding self-isolation please be in contact with UBC health services:  https://students.ubc.ca/health/student-health-service  For immediate medical attention please dial 911.

St. Andrew’s Hall exercises its’ teaching charter from the Province of British Columbia through The Vancouver School of Theology (VST).  Following the lead of UBC, VST has now moved to online instruction with years of experience in providing quality education through this platform.  For more information please see:  www.vst.edu 

As a Christian college and residence at UBC, we are a community of prayer and action.  We remember those who are sick and fearful at this time, as well as those who are bravely caring for them in the health care community.  This is also an opportunity to demonstrate our love of God and neighbour by the way we care for one another.  We encourage our residents to be generous, kind and compassionate to one another during this difficult time.  Further updates will be provided on both the SAH website and by email to residents moving forward.