Changes to FSC use for research

A message from Sally Aitken, Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, UBC Faculty of Forestry
December 22, 2021

Colleagues –

With the rise in COVID-19 cases, we are making some changes in order to safeguard health in the Forest Sciences Centre. While classes will be online for the first two weeks of term, the Forest Sciences Centre will remain open for research activities, in research labs and in offices, the latter especially for those who do not have adequate working conditions at home.

Masks are now required in all labs and shared offices as well as in public spaces in the building. We recommend using medical-grade rather than cloth masks given the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including those specific to the Omicron variant (sore throat, congestion, sneezing, headache and fatigue), you should not come to work and instead should seek testing for COVID-19. 

If you are travelling over the holidays, we ask that you work from home for one week following your return to protect others in case you have been infected during your travels.

Please ensure that all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff receive this message, along with any additional instructions regarding use of your research spaces.

Let me know if you have any questions. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Stay well,

Sally Aitken 
Professor | Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Associate Dean | Research and Innovation | Faculty of Forestry

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