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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 this pandemic we can minimise the risk of infection and carry on with our work, study and the social lives. 

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  • Updated 14 January 2021

The University and Colleges have put together a clear set of measures designed to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible. Theseare 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 six key elements of minimising the risk of infection in College:

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.

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 unless someone has a medical exemption.

In accommodation (i.e. in corridors, shared kitchens, staircases), face coverings should be worn at all times when it is not possible to maintain a 2-metre distance from others.

Face coverings are required in all communal spaces except when eating or drinking.  This includes the Library, marquees, OCR and all other communal spaces.

Individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering are encouraged to wear a sunflower lanyard and/or a visor, if that is possible, and maintain 2-metre social distance from anyone not in their own household.

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

Keep a distance of 2 metres wherever possible

You should avoid close contact and remain socially distant from anyone with . Wherever possible, you should maintain a 2-metre distance (roughly six and a half feet) from people that you do not live with.This advice applies in both indoor and outdoor settings.

If it is not possible to keep a 2-metre distance from people outside your household, you can reduce the risk to yourself and others by taking precautions:

  • Limit the number of people or households that you come into contact with, e.g. avoid peak travel
  • Sit/stand side-by- side or behind other people, rather than facing them
  • Meet people outdoors, rather than indoors
  • Keep interactions brief
  • Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops or crowded indoor environments
  • Increase ventilation
  • Avoid loud talking or singing with others

Observe the 'Rule of Six' and other guidance on social gatherings

It is against the law for more than six people to gather in public or private, either indoors or outdoors unless they are from the same household or social bubble. This is the Government’s ‘rule of six’. Groups of six or less must always follow rules on social distancing when they meet. 

Follow all University guidance and government regulations on social gatherings.  Wolfson provides many facilities and opportunities for socialising on-site. You are encouraged to use these in favour of external venues.

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