Common Areas

Information on this page is subject to change and was last updated July 10, 2020.

Building common areas are required to have appropriate safety protocols in place to promote physical distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Common areas are shared spaces in a building that are generally accessible to all employees, students and visitors, and can include:

  • Building foyers
  • Lounge/seating areas
  • Open study or gathering areas
  • Shared kitchens
  • Public washrooms
  • Stairwells
  • Hallways
  • Elevators
  • Outdoor gather spaces


Many of these areas will require signage to indicate maximum occupancy, traffic/directional flow, and whether they are open, closed or have restricted use. Some areas may also require the rearrangement of chairs or furniture, removal of non-essential shared items (e.g. kitchen utensils, small appliances, etc.), and provision of hand sanitizer, as appropriate.

There will also need to be standardized signage on all building entrances to notify individuals of the COVID-19 health restrictions prior to entering, any directions for specific entry/exit points (as required), as well as interior signage to promote and reinforce physical distancing. The WorkSafe BC Office Protocols provide guidance on the management of common spaces.

OSEM, in conjunction with Facilities and Marketing and Communications work with building occupants (unit/department administrative leaders) to ensure a consistent approach and to provide support for common areas management throughout campus.

Questions can be directed to our generic email,


Office and Common Area Protocols (WorkSafe BC)

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