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Changes to Covid-19 safety measures on campus from Tuesday 30 November


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Following the weekend’s government briefings on preventing the spread of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant – including the reintroduction of mandatory face coverings in shops and on public transport, changes to the international travel ‘red list’, and acceleration of the vaccine booster programme – I am writing to inform you of the measures we are taking here on campus.

The safety of our staff, students and visitors remains our number one priority as we continue to navigate the realities and changing nature of the pandemic. Therefore, I ask you to please read the following carefully.

Face coverings

In line with the latest government guidance and emerging practice at many other universities and education settings, from 4am on Tuesday 30 November, we will require all staff and students to wear a face covering in all indoor areas unless you are exempt.

Face coverings are not required in hospitality settings, ie cafes and food outlets. However, we strongly recommend that you continue to wear one until you are seated. They are also not required in the activity areas at our sports and leisure venues, but are required in reception, corridors etc. Inside rehearsal studios, local guidance will be provided.

Face coverings will be made available in Student Advice Centres, Student Gateway and other reception areas including QEII, Library, Estates Services and DSU.

Teaching arrangements

There are no planned changes to teaching delivery and all face-to-face teaching will go ahead as planned. Many large lectures were moved to online delivery at the start of term as a precautionary measure, and therefore students will not see any changes to their timetables as a result of these new measures.

Safety measures on campus

I must remind you of the safety measures we all should continue to take to protect each other on campus.

Being fully vaccinated (ie receiving two doses, plus a booster when you become eligible) remains the best defence we have to prevent serious illness and the spread of Covid-19. If you have not yet been vaccinated, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. Further information is available on our ‘Be safe, get the Covid vaccine’ webpage.

We continue to encourage regular asymptomatic testing for everyone who comes on to campus. Lateral flow tests should be taken twice-weekly, regardless of vaccination status. You can quickly and easily book a test on campus at the Estates Development Building, order a pack to be delivered to you at home, or collect them from a participating local pharmacy.

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Regular and thorough handwashing, or using hand sanitiser where you cannot access wash facilities, remains essential to curb the spread of the virus. Hand sanitiser is available in all university buildings.

Our enhanced cleaning regime remains in place, with sanitiser spray and paper towels on hand for staff and students to wipe down shared equipment. We also continue to monitor ventilation in buildings to ensure air flow is set to the recommended levels.

Wellbeing support

I would also like to remind all staff and students of the mental health and wellbeing services available to you, should you need any additional support at this time.

Staff: Health and wellbeing for staff

Students: Healthy DMU Hub

Thank you all for your ongoing support and the actions you are taking to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible.

 

Lynn Robinson

Interim Registrar (Academic)

Posted on Monday 29th November 2021

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