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Staying safe

It is more important than ever that we look after ourselves and others. By acting responsibly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can minimise the risk of infection and carry on with our work, study and social interactions safely. 

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  • Updated 15 February 2021

The University and Colleges have put together a clear set of measures designed to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible. These are part of the 'Stay Safe Cambridge Uni' public health campaign

We have complied with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 and have completed a College COVID-19 Risk Assessment.

There are five key elements of minimising the risk of infection in College:

Wear a face covering

Members of the Cambridge community should wear face coverings at all times in all work or study settings, even if social distancing of at least two metres can be maintained. The only exceptions are work in single-occupancy rooms with closed doors, when actively eating or drinking in designated areas, or when the individual concerned has a medical exemption.

In accommodation (i.e. in corridors, shared kitchens, staircases), face coverings should be worn at all times, unless you are exclusively with people from your household.

Face coverings must be worn in all communal spaces at all times, even when you are there with members of your household or support bubble.  This includes the Library, marquees, OCR and all other communal spaces. You may remove your face covering when eating or drinking, which is only permitted in the Club Room and dining hall.

Face coverings do not have to be worn outside, as long as social distancing can be maintained. 

Individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering are encouraged to wear a sunflower lanyard (available from the College Nurse) and/or a visor, if that is possible, and maintain 2-metre social distance from others at all times. 

You should carry a face covering at all times and wear it when asked to do so by College or University authorities or when it would be a courtesy to others.

For more information on face coverings, see the University Guidance on Face Coverings

Follow government guidance on meeting others

At the present time, it is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. 

You cannot leave home for recreational or leisure purposes, but you can exercise once per day in your local area:

  • by yourself
  • with the people in your household
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble 
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household. This includes the person you are exercising with, unless they are from your household.

Keep a distance of 2 metres

You should avoid close contact and maintain a 2-metre distance from others except when you are with members of your own household inside your shared household spaces.

You can reduce the risk to yourself and others by taking additional precautions:

  • Meet people outdoors, rather than indoors (under current guidelines you should not be socialising with people who are not part of your household unless you are exercising outdoow with one other person)
  • Keep interactions brief
  • Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and all indoor environments
  • Increase ventilation wherever possible
  • Avoid loud talking or singing with others, even while wearing a face covering

Frequently clean your hands

Coronavirus can be spread through contact with a contaminated surface. If you touch a surface contaminated with the virus and then touch your nose, eyes or mouth, you may be infected. This means it is important to clean your hands frequently, especially:

  • whenever you enter a building, including the workplace and your home or College
  • after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
  • before you eat or handle food
  • after you have had contact with surfaces
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser when you do not have access to a sink and soap. Dry your hands thoroughly.

Hand sanitisation stations

Across the College you will see free-standing hand sanitiser stations, mainly in entrances to high-traffic areas such as the Porters’ Lodge, Cafeteria, Library and Club Room but in other areas too. We encourage you to sanitise your hands when entering and leaving a building. Hand sanitiser is not as effective as frequently washing hands with soap and water.

Follow the rules of each building you enter

Different rooms and buildings on the College site may have slightly different rules – there may be one-way systems in place and/or maximum capacities sign-posted. These rules should be clearly marked but if in doubt, please use your common sense.  If a room looks crowded or close to capacity, come back later.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, get a test immediately