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COVID-19 guidance: START HERE

By Adrian 28 Jul 2020

We hope you find this short summary of our COVID-19 procedures helpful.

Please check for updates regularly at campuslife.london.ac.uk/tags/COVID-19.

We also recommend that you stay up to date with guidance published by the UK government and the NHS.

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Rules and regulations

Pages 8-9 of your accommodation Licence Agreement and pages 10-17 of the Hall Handbook contain essential provisions relating to COVID-19. Both documents are available to download from the page for your hall at halls.london.ac.uk. Please ensure you are familiar with these. Provisions of the Licence Agreement and Hall Handbook are enforceable.

Our personal, individual, and collective responsibility to one another

We hope that you will recognise the great importance of everyone taking the necessary actions to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is true that most student residents in our halls are unlikely to suffer any serious consequences of coronavirus infection, but our hall communities do also include individuals (students and staff) who are at higher risk.

By some estimations, infections in young adults may be asymptomatic in up for 40% of cases, but those asymptomatic people can still transmit COVID-19 to others who may be at higher risk – in hall, at university, in a restaurant, out shopping. So we must do all that we can to keep others safe.

There is also a more selfish convenience factor to consider: if we act in ways that promote COVID-19 transmission in our halls and communities, we are all more likely be under tougher lockdown restrictions or quarantine and self-isolation.

Standard precautions to be taken by all residents

Throughout your time in the intercollegiate halls, please observe the standard precautions for all residents in all halls. These include requirements around wearing face coverings, using disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser, and guests/visitors.

If the local and national situation allows, and if we are able to put necessary safeguards in place, we may be able to relax some of these standard precautions. In this case, we will advertise any changes widely.

Your “household”

In our halls, a household is usually considered to be any group of residents who share bathroom or food preparation facilities (including pantries). However, the public health authorities may expand or reduce the scope and size of the household depending on the specifics of any particular case and the precise layout of facilities in the affected building. We will be guided by the authorities.

You are allowed to socialise normally with people who are members of your household. In catered halls, we encourage members of each household to attend the dining hall within a designated time window. This will greatly reduce the risk of any widespread coronavirus transmission in the hall, as only household members will be eating together.

We have also designated specific toilets, showers, and kitchens/pantries to be used by particular rooms. Please only use the facilities that are marked for your use.

The law says that if one person in a household develops symptoms of COVID-19, or has a positive coronavirus test, then everyone else in the household must self-quarantine for 14 days.

In the event of a local outbreak within an intercollegiate hall, some of the shared household facilities – including kitchens, pantries, TV rooms, and common rooms – may need to be closed.

If you become unwell

We hope that you will remain in good health throughout your time in the intercollegiate halls. If you should unfortunately become unwell with symptoms of possible COVID-19, please stay in your room and follow the self-isolation instructions (there are slightly different instructions for Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions). The instructions include details of how you will obtain food, and the circumstances in which you would be allowed to leave your room.

It is essential that you notify us that you are self-isolating.

You should arrange to have a test for coronavirus as soon as possible.

We will need to tell other residents in your household that they must self-quarantine. We will not disclose your name when we do this.

If another hall resident becomes unwell

If another resident who is considered a member of your household develops symptoms of possible COVID-19, we will instruct you to self-quarantine and follow the quarantine instructions, which are slightly different for residents in catered accommodation and those in self-catered accommodation.

This is a legal requirement in England.

The resident who is unwell will have a test for COVID-19. If the test is negative, we will tell you that you can end the period of self-quarantine. If the test is positive, you will need to self-quarantine for a total of 14 days.

NHS Test and Trace

If you have been in contact with someone who subsequently has a positive coronavirus test, you may receive a call or text from the NHS Test and Trace service. They will tell you to self-quarantine for 14 days.

In hall, you will need to follow the quarantine instructions, which are slightly different for residents in catered accommodation and those in self-catered accommodation.

It is essential that you notify us that you are self-quarantining if NHS Test and Trace have told you to do so.

You can find out more about NHS Test and Trace HERE.

International travel

If you are arriving in, or have travelled outside, the UK, you may be required by law to self-quarantine. Government rules are changing frequently, so please check the current guidance at least 48 hours before you are due to travel to the UK.

If the rules require you to self-quarantine when you arrive in the UK, you will need to follow the quarantine instructions, which are slightly different for residents in catered accommodation and those in self-catered accommodation.

If you are at higher risk from COVID-19

Please see our guidance for vulnerable students.

If you are someone at higher risk from COVID-19 and are planning to move into the Intercollegiate Halls, please get in contact with us to discuss what we can do to help keep you safe. You can email us at info.halls@london.ac.uk.

The NHS website has further information.

Questions and concerns

Please raise any questions or concerns with your Hall Manager or Warden in the first instance. If you still have questions after that discussion, you can contact residential.life@london.ac.uk (please include a brief outline of the prior conversation with your Warden or Hall Manager).

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the University of London Student Health & Wellbeing Manager, and the Warden of Connaught Hall. He is passionate about advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion. Adrian's interests include fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and insight meditation, medical education, social psychology, and human factors / crisis resource management.
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