Coronavirus: UBC Okanagan to remain open for time being

The doors to the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus will remain open for the time being, the university announced on Friday morning.

With B.C. on high alert because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, provincial officials have recommended that gatherings larger than 250 people be cancelled or postponed.

However, schools and universities have not been closed — though spring break is about to start.

On Friday, UBC announced that its Vancouver and Kelowna campuses will remain open, but it will be cancelling all on-campus and off-campus events with more than 250 people, including sports events, whether indoors or outdoors, that are organized by students, faculty and staff.

“At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the virus as ‘low for Canada.’”

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