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If you can't wear a face covering

By Adrian 28 Jul 2020

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.

In line with this legal requirement, we ask everyone in the intercollegiate halls to wear a face covering when in public/shared/communal areas, except when actively eating (for example, in the dining hall). 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.

However, we recognise that some people have conditions or circumstances that mean they cannot or should not wear a face covering. The government guidance sets out what some of these conditions or circumstances are.

If you are someone who cannot or should not wear a face covering, please download the image below onto your smartphone and set it as the wallpaper on your lock screen. Be prepared to show this if a member of staff or another student tells you that they feel uncomfortable with you not wearing a mask, and be ready to work with that person to help them feel safer (for example, by keeping a wider distance between you).

I am exempt from wearing a face covering

If you rely on lip reading to help you communicate

You might choose to download the image below onto your smartphone.

Please remove your face covering
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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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