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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. 

Q: Do I still have to pay for parking on site?

A: Monthly parking pass fees for April and May have been waived, with fees charged to be reimbursed. Daily parking fees across UBC campus were reinstated as of May 4, 2020. As such, the daily fee at TRIUMF is in effect at $6/day.

A: No. The Great Dane Cafe is closed until further notice.

Q: Should I be wearing a mask in public?

A: Based on the latest advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada (April 6, 2020),  wearing a non-medical mask in tandem with social distancing measures can help stop the spread of COVID-19. For more guidance about this recommendation, please see here. A mask does not constitute PPE.

Q: Are face coverings required for on-site work at TRIUMF? 

A: They are not required, but TRIUMF is requesting that non-medical face coverings be worn in shared spaces (offices, laboratoriespublic areas, etc.), especially when indoors.

More information can be found here:

Q: Where can I get my facemask before returning to work?

A: Instructions on how to make your own facemask can be found here: TRIUMF will soon be offering a branded tube masks for purchase for purchase through the TRIUMF Social Club. More details to come soon.

Q: What is TRIUMF’s plan for returning to work safely?

A: TRIUMF has an extensive return-to-work plan that has been developed by the Return-to-Site subcommittee of the COVID-19 task force. The first phase of the plan is informed by provincial public health directives, and includes requirements for maintaining social distancing and hygiene. Moving forward, the plan will follow the phased approach laid out by our provincial health authorities. More information can be found in TRIUMF’s Operational Plan.

Q: Will work that requires two or more people still be undertaken?

A: If the work is deemed essential by your supervisor, yes. However, proper social distancing and hygiene protocols must be followed to ensure that the work can be performed safely for all involved. For more information, please see

In the cases where the safe work distance of 2 m cannot be maintained, please contact OHS to carry out a hazard assessment.

In the case of any concerns regarding workplace safetye, Occupational Health and Safety is available to carry out work area assessments as required. 

Q: Will TRIUMF be performing science this year?

A: Yes, plans are underway to return to a modified schedule for scientific research, including beam delivery. More information is forthcoming as plans are finalized.

Q: Are contractors and visitors allowed on-site at TRIUMF?

A: This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, pursuant to the criteria that the work can be performed safely and has been approved by TRIUMF leadership. Please work with your supervisor to determine the necessary arrangements for bringing contractors or visitors on-site, including the completion of the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire and the recommendation for the use of face coverings.