June 17, 2020
At GEC, the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community is our utmost priority. Since March, we began implementing new policies under the guidance of Health Canada, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and Vancouver Coastal Health. These policies included requiring self-isolation for international arrivals, suspending our housekeeping in individual units, and temporarily closing our fitness centres. These changes were difficult to make, but we knew they were necessary to keep our community safe during these unprecedented times, and we would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding.
As the Province of BC begins to roll out the next phase of its reopening plan, we would like to provide our residents with an update:
BC is lifting many restrictions, but the pandemic is not yet over. We continue to ask all our residents to follow the guidance of public health authorities and take appropriate precautions to practice frequent handwashing and maintain a distance of at least 1-2 metres from people outside your household. Our no visitors policy will still be in effect at all locations, so please meet your friends online or outdoors.
Whenever possible, residents should try to resolve concerns through email or over the phone. When visiting our offices, please maintain your distance when speaking to our staff members and wear a face mask if possible. You may also be asked to wait outside to limit the number of occupants in a space.
We will also be accepting in-person rent payments through cash and cheque, but residents are still encouraged to pay through RentMoola when possible:
We continue to require new and current residents who have travelled internationally to self-isolate for 14 days before moving into any GEC shared accommodation. Incoming residents must have a self-isolation plan in place if they are coming to GEC from outside of Canada, as required by the Province of BC and the Quarantine Act. We have designated a number of private suites to be used for self-isolation, so please contact your GEC representative for more information.
Upon check-in, residents may be required to declare their recent travel history and symptoms. This declaration must be signed and completed on the day of your check-in and may not be completed in advance.
Housekeeping in individual units continues to be suspended to adhere to social and physical distancing guidelines. Our housekeeping team has shifted their focus to the hourly sanitization and disinfection of our common areas and high-touch surfaces. For new residents, your unit will be deep cleaned before your arrival.
Residents continue to be responsible for the cleanliness of their own units, as well as the disposal of their garbage into the facilities on P1. If you require additional cleaning supplies for your unit, please contact any staff member.
Our fitness centres at all locations continue to be closed. Our team is working on a detailed plan to ensure that all residents can adhere to the social and physical distancing guidelines within the space, as well as ensure that the spaces can be appropriately sanitized between use. We understand that many residents are eager to resume activities in our fitness centres and we hope to reopen our fitness centres as soon as possible.
Any maintenance requests, including housekeeping and internet concerns, can be made through our new ticketing system. The links for each building are as followed:
This system allows us to keep a record of your request, identify any outstanding or continuing issues, and follow up if we have any questions.
We are committed to the health and safety of our residents, staff, and community. We would like to thank all our residents for their cooperation and understanding.