Following the rise of COVID-19 cases globally, many events have been cancelled, businesses have been temporarily closed, and people have been told to stay home to slow the spread of the virus. For the residents of GEC, we are your home and we need to do the best we can to protect our community. Starting today, we are implementing the following precautionary measures in efforts to “flatten the curve”:
We are asking our residents to take precautions and practice social distancing.
You may get the virus and easily recover, but our friends and family with weakened immune systems (e.g. elderly people, people with diabetes, asthma, cancer, etc.) may not. The virus becomes most deadly when the number of cases overwhelm our hospitals and medical clinics and our doctors and nurses are forced to prioritize some patients over others. We do not want this to be the case and urge our residents to take the following precautions:
- Practice frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Limit your contact with other people and avoid places with large groups of people—shopping malls, bars, clubs, etc.
- Do not bring visitors or guests into your apartment and avoid going to other apartments.
- Maintain a distance of at least 1-2 metres from other people.
Our offices will also be practicing social distancing.
While we are not closing our offices, we are asking residents keep a distance of at least 1-2 metres when speaking to any staff member, and wherever possible, residents should call or email us with their concern instead. In addition, we are asking residents to pay rent through RentMoola or wire transfer if possible.
We are temporarily not permitting guests in our buildings.
Following efforts to practice social distancing, we are temporarily not permitting any non-essential guests in any of our buildings. Essential guests include mail carriers, contractors, and maintenance workers. Please do not bring your visitors or guests to GEC as they will be turned away at the door. We ask that our residents consider meeting with guests outside in open areas with fresh air, moving the meeting online, or rescheduling the meeting altogether. We all have a responsibility to practice social distancing and protect our community during this time.
We are increasing our housekeeping service in high traffic areas.
Cleanliness is now more important than ever and we are ensuring that our common areas are thoroughly sanitized multiple times a day. This includes the lobbies, hallways, elevators, stairwells, countertops, and all doors and door handles. We will also be providing additional cleaning supplies for residents who would like to take initiative of cleaning their own apartment and temporarily opt-out of our housekeeping service. Please contact us for additional supplies.
We are temporarily closing our fitness centres at all locations.
To practice social distancing and minimize the spread of the virus from resident to resident in an enclosed space, we encourage our residents to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go outside. Our residences are located within walking distance of many parks, beaches, and trails, so take this time to explore the great outdoors.
We are working with our internet providers to provide faster internet so students attend classes at home.
Many schools have already moved to online classes and our students rely on our internet to attend online lectures, hand in assignments, and take exams. We are working with our internet provider to ensure that internet is fast and stable despite the increase in volume of users. We ask that residents limit their streams and downloads to allow other students to complete their classes.
We are requiring new and current residents who have travelled internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days before moving into any shared accommodations at GEC.
Some of these new residents may be staying in private apartments at GEC. These new residents may not have confirmed cases of COVID-19 but are self-quarantining themselves as a precaution to protect our community. Please be kind to your neighbours and consider joining the Facebook group COVID-19 Coming Together if you are able to help.
We are reviewing our cancellation policy on a case-by-case basis.
We understand that many of our residents need to go back to their home country and we want to be as accommodating as possible. Please call or email us for the updated cancellation policy. Due to the high volume of inquiries we have received, please only inquire if your cancellation is for March or April.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, please contact 8-1-1 to speak to a nurse or use the BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool at https://covid19.thrive.health.
Please immediately contact our staff if you require self-isolation and tell your roommates to monitor their symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches
For non-medical questions about COVID-19, residents are encouraged to call 1-888-268-4319 to learn more about travel recommendations and social distancing.
The health and well-being of our residents, staff, and community is our top priority, so please act responsibly and help keep our community safe. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.