With a new school year now underway, a petition has been started to stop UBC fraternities from holding large group events over concerns of coronavirus transmission.
“The UBC Fraternities are holding their annual rush; this includes large groups of people (125 pledges plus all the fraternity members) meeting for the first time in the middle of a global pandemic,” says the petition. “Following this they will continue to meet in person for large events furthering the possibility of spreading COVID-19.”
The petition adds, “There is no way they will be able to maintain social distancing guidelines throughout this process.”
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In order to “keep our campus safe, we must stop the fraternities from hosting such events. This is not the time to engage in such risky behaviours. Their actions will have consequences effecting the greater UBC community and our already burdened healthcare officials.”
The petition also notes that “UBC sororities are holding a virtual rush” and “fraternities should be doing the same.”
As of Friday afternoon, 1,189 people had signed the petition.
This week, BC passed 10,000 recorded cases of coronavirus in the province since the pandemic began.