The Government yesterday announced new COVID ‘Plan B’ rules and the Department for Education has today also published updated guidance for higher education providers (.pdf). I am writing to let you know the steps the University will be taking as we enter this further period of national restrictions in the run up to Christmas.
We will be continuing face-to-face teaching until the end of the Autumn term 2021 and on-campus research activities will also be continuing.
Facilities on our campuses, including our libraries, research laboratories, sports facilities, food outlets and shops, will continue to operate as currently, subject to the protective measures the University has in place (such as our requirements for mask wearing) and new requirements being introduced by Government, such as the need for COVID vaccine certification for entry to nightclubs.
The additional measures that we put in place last week also remain in place.
In addition to the requirement to wear face-coverings set out above, these also include, social distancing where possible and testing twice a week or if you have any COVID or cold symptoms. Anyone not able to wear a mask should be asked to socially distance. If you able to, please get vaccinated including taking up early boosters. You can check the number of cases on campus on our live tracker.
Thank you for everything that you are doing to keep us all safe. I do appreciate that the introduction of these additional measures at this time of the year is especially challenging. I will keep in touch to update you as soon as I can as circumstances change, including with our plans for the Spring Term (17 January to 25 March 2022).