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COVID-19: How we are adapting to be safe

Our Strategy

As we move through this unprecedented time our focus at residence has remained to provide a safe environment for our students to study, engage and live.

All students and guests are required to stay up to date and follow the recommendations set out by the University, Student Residences and the Province of British Columbia as we progress through this epidemic.

Please see the most updated info at: COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada

Arriving from out of Country?

If you are traveling here from outside of Canada you may be required to quarantine & self isolate, we can help you with that. Apply here. Our residence quarantine intake space is limited. You must check availability before you book your travel to Canada.

Quarantine Request Form

Close Contact & Self-Isolation in Residence

For more information on what to do when you are considered a Close Contact for someone who has tested positive for COVID or to see what your Self-Isolation options are while you are in Residence follow this link.

Close Contact & Self-Isolation

Masks - Proper Material, Structure and Fit

Masks must be worn in all shared and common spaces on Residence. Well-designed and well-fitting masks or face coverings can prevent the spread of your infectious respiratory droplets. They may also help protect you from the infectious respiratory droplets of others.

How well a mask or face covering works depends on the materials used, how the mask is made, and most importantly, how well it fits.

A mask or face covering can be homemade or purchased, and should:

  • Be made of at least 3 layers
    • 2 layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen
    • The third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric
  • Be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping
  • Allow for easy breathing
  • Fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • Be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments
  • Be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  • Maintain its shape after washing and drying


Filters add an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 by trapping small infectious particles. Consider wearing a mask that includes a filter or filter material as one of its layers, such as:

  • Non-woven polypropylene fabric, which can be found as:
    • A craft fabric
    • The non-woven fabric that's used to make some reusable shopping bags
  • A disposable filter inserted into a pocket on the mask

Check out how to make your own face covering with a filter.

Reusable masks with a non-woven filter layer should be washed daily, and can be washed multiple times. Disposable filters should be changed daily or as directed by the manufacturer.

COVID-19 : How We Are Adapting to Be Safe

We are still have rooms and are accepting applications for Fall 2020. More information on our COVID-19 plan:

VIU Quarantine Resource Guide

VIU Quarantine Request Form

Service Addendum for Students



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