We hope you are enjoying the Easter break and have had some opportunity for rest and relaxation.
We wanted to write following the Prime Minister’s confirmation yesterday that England will be moving to the next stage of the Government’s planned roadmap out of lockdown next Monday (12 April). As you will know, this will mean the easing of some measures including the re-opening of non-essential shops and hairdressers. Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers outdoors.
For students and universities, however, we are still awaiting further information, which it has been indicated will be provided before the end of the Easter vacation. The latest guidance from the Government, updated yesterday, advises that we are to continue with current arrangements – with students who have already been allowed back to campus for in-person teaching continuing to do so and all other students continuing to learn remotely.
The Prime Minister placed a great emphasis on regular testing during his announcement yesterday and we would urge you all to take twice-weekly tests as we all play our part keeping each other safe and in helping the country to get back to some sense of normality in the summer.
For all of you attending campus, our testing centre at The Watershed is open and tests can be booked. Please read our testing webpage for more information on the testing process to follow and how to book a test. If these are negative, you may return to face-to-face teaching. If a test is positive, you must self-isolate and arrange for a PCR test.
As you will have heard in yesterday’s announcement, everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid tests a week from this Friday as the Government extends its testing programme. The lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available for free at testing sites, pharmacies and through the post. We would urge all of you to take up this option as we all do our bit to keep each other safe.
For those of you who are on campus, a reminder that all the advice you need about how to stay safe on campus is on the Your DMU Safety microsite. Please especially keep in mind the following:
- Use the DMU Safe Trace app by scanning in, where prompted, when entering buildings and spaces on campus and record your seat number.
- Wear a face covering in all teaching and study spaces no matter the layout unless there is a legitimate medical or personal reason for exemption. We also expect them to be worn when moving around buildings or using common spaces (including the Library).
- Book regular (two a week) LFD tests at our testing centre.
- Follow important healthy and safety principles by regularly washing your hands, following directional signage and maintaining social distancing at all times.
- If you test positive for Covid-19 and are asked to self-isolate please report it to the university by completing our DMU Safe Trace positive case webform.
Posted on Tuesday 6th April 2021