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Updated 24 August 2020

We are delighted to welcome you back to Wolfson. Although things might be a bit different when you visit, we are looking forward to seeing you and are grateful for your patience during this challenging time. 

For members and visitors

To prepare the College for reopening to all members and particularly for the beginning of term, we have introduced a range of measures to support and maintain social distancing and hygiene standards.

  • We have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 and have completed a College COVID-19 Risk Assessment
  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing
  • In some areas we will have markers on the ground to help members maintain a safe distance
  • We have increased site cleaning regimes
  • There may be screens in place if we can’t separate visitors from staff
  • Hand sanitisers will be in use across the site
  • Toilets in public areas have been adapted for use by one person at a time
COVID Community Statement

As Cambridge continues to adapt to the challenges of Covid-19, and as we begin the process of welcoming back staff and students to onsite work and study, it has never been more important to look after ourselves and others.

The University and Colleges will do all they can to minimise risk to staff, students and visitors, and to make sure they are appropriately supported. But safety and wellbeing in these extraordinary times is ultimately the responsibility of us all. We must recognise that our behaviour has consequences – for the people immediately affected by it, for our collegiate community, and the local region, including vital public services such as the NHS and police.

Each of us has had, and will continue to have, different experiences of the pandemic. And for many, those experiences are challenging and stressful. We must be alert to this and respectful of people who may have particular vulnerabilities.

In summary, and to ensure that our people and community continue to thrive, each one of us has a responsibility to:

Behave in a way that minimises the risk of infection Treat each other with dignity and respect Keep up to date with public health guidance and follow it at all times.”

Please be mindful of the sentiments of this statement when you visit. If an area is filling up, come back later. Wear a face covering if it is not possible to keep your distance. Be considerate of others who have differing perceptions of risk.

Most importantly, do visit and give us feedback. We still have a lot to prepare, and the more we work together as a community, the stronger we will be.

Staying safe

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If you are living in College accommodation and you develop symptoms, remain in your room and notify the Porters by phone. 

In partnership with Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the University are offering a PCR swab test to all undergraduate and postgraduate students currently in Cambridge who have symptoms of possible SARS-CoV-2 infection, as well as their household contacts (anyone with whom you share a bathroom, toilet or kitchen).

The test involves a simple nose and throat swab and should take less than three minutes. It will tell you whether you are currently infected, helping you protect yourself, your friends and colleagues, and the wider Cambridge community.

If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, then you should immediately self-isolate. 

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to work or arrive home.

Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.

The University and College expect members of the Cambridge community to wear face coverings in any work or study setting, at a minimum, unless it is clear that social distancing can be maintained at all times, or someone has a medical exemption. See the staying safe outside your home guidance, and you can find guidance on how to wear and make a cloth face covering.

Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known so far, COVID-19 can make anyone seriously ill, but for some people the risk is higher. You can find more information on higher risk groups on NHS.UK. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.

Self isolation

The current NHS guidance is to self-isolate or stay at home:

You may need to self-isolate for 10 to 14 days. Read more about how long to self-isolate.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online service. If you have do not have internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Policy on student accommodation in the event of a local or second lockdown

In the event of a local or second lockdown Wolfson College will, as ever, be guided by the advice and legislation of the UK government and Public Health England. Within these limits, the College will endeavour to continue to house all its resident students for the duration of their room license. Unless compelled to do so by government advice or legislation, the College will not ask students to vacate their rooms in any future lockdown; although it may have to limit or suspend some services.

Please note that the College's policy is intentionally more expansive than the statement posted on the University website about this issue.

COVID-19 Secure Workplace

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

COVID-19 Secure Risk assessment