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COVID-19 precautions in halls

By Adrian 28 Jul 2020

These required standard precautions for all residents in all halls come into effect at 7am on 17th August 2020.

You can find all our COVID-19 content at campuslife.london.ac.uk/tags/COVID-19.

There is a quick summary at campuslife.london.ac.uk/covid19-guidance-start-here_122007.

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

Wear a face covering

You must wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when you are in shared / public areas inside the hall, including:

  • Dining hall (except when actually eating)
  • Reception
  • Corridors
  • Common rooms, games rooms, and TV rooms
  • Laundry
  • Bathrooms
  • Pantries and kitchens (except when actually eating)

The law in England requires you to wear a face covering in some places. The UK government guidance about face coverings is HERE. The Mayor of London's face covering guidance is also very helpful.

If you are unable to wear a face covering, please see our guidance HERE.

Keep a safe distance

Keep a safe distance of 2 metres from other people.

The "1 metre +" rule

You can get closer than 2 metres (but not closer than 1 metre) if you are able to adopt other precautions, such as wearing a face covering, not directly facing the other person, minimising the time you are within a <2m distance, and being outside or in a well ventilated area.

No guests or visitors allowed

We have explained why in a separate post.

Maintain household integrity

You are allowed to socialise normally with people who are members of your household. In most 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.

  • If your hall has household-specific time windows for meal times, please keep to the times for your household as much as possible.
  • Only use the shared bathrooms and pantries that are designated for your room.

Clean your hands more often

Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitiser:

  • When you enter the building
  • After using the bathroom
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

Wipe shared surfaces and equipment

Wipe down surfaces and other items in shared areas before and after you use them (e.g. in common rooms, pantries, shared bathrooms). This includes items such as vacuum cleaners, table tennis bats, pool cues, and video game equipment.

Catch coughs and sneezes

Catch coughs and sneezes with a single-use tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve at the elbow. Then wash or sanitise your hands.

Think ahead: get some bug buddies

Talk to other residents and try to identify one or two “bug buddies” in your hall who can support you if you need to self-isolate or quarantine later. This could be a reciprocal arrangement, and would typically involve collecting meals (in catered accommodation), going out for any urgent shopping (e.g. medicines), and bringing up post, parcels, and restaurant deliveries to your room.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19

If you 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.

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This is mandatory guidance

In the Intercollegiate Halls, failure to adhere to this guidance may trigger paragraph 17.1 of the Licence Agreement:

17 In any of the following instances the University is entitled to end this agreement and recover possession of the Accommodation. Any other rights or remedies the University may have will remain in force:
17.1 on 24 hours’ notice if Your behaviour constitutes a serious risk to the health, safety or welfare of Yourself or others, or serious risk to the University’s or others’ property.

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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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