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Stay at Home order ends but many national restrictions still in place

By Adrian 29 Mar 2021



Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March and the Stay at Home order has officially ended. However, many restrictions remain in place.

The rule of six now applies for socialising outdoors. See here for more information about the rule of six in the intercollegiate halls: The rule of six returns on 29 March.

You must not socialise indoors with anyone from a different household. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (roadmap)’ for more information on roadmap out of lockdown in England. It is underpinned by law.

In the intercollegiate halls

The halls remain open as normal to provide a safe and supportive home for you.

  • The Warden and Resident Advisors in your hall are available to help with any wellbeing concerns.
  • Accommodation FAQs

Follow advice from your university about when to return to halls.

  • Some practical courses have resumed in-person teaching. Your university will tell you if and when you should return to campus. 
  • If you are returning from overseas, you will need to quarantine for 10 days when you arrive. See here for information and support:

Get tested twice a week

You must always wear a face covering in public/shared/communal areas including:

    • dining room (except when seated in a socially distanced layout);
    • reception;
    • corridors and stairs;
    • common rooms, games rooms, and TV rooms;
    • laundry;
    • bathrooms;
    • pantries and kitchens (except when seated in a socially distanced layout).

Keep a safe distance of 2 metres from other people. Do not move furniture in common rooms and other shared spaces.

Guests and visitors are not allowed.

You may not lawfully socialise indoors with anyone who is not a member of your household

    • This means that you are not allowed to socialise indoors with residents from other floors or flats in your hall. 

Social gatherings of more than six people are not allowed in halls, even if everyone is from the same household.

    • Exceptions apply in Garden Halls Townhouses and Hughes Parry Tower type 1 households: gatherings of more than 6 people are allowed here, provided everyone is from the same household and the gathering takes place within that household (e.g. in the shared kitchen).

Clean your hands more often - wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser (which we have provided in all shared spaces):

    • when you enter the building;
    • after using the bathroom;
    • before eating or preparing food;
    • before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

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. We have supplied suitable wipes in all common areas.

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.

Talk to other residents and try to find 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, going out for any urgent shopping and bringing up post, parcels, and restaurant deliveries to your room.

What to do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus

If you develop a new, persistent cough, fever (high temperature), or loss/change in your sense of taste/smell, follow this guidance:

It is essential that you self-isolate and let us know at once using this form:


We are here in the intercollegiate halls to support you (see here for more about support services: 

The staff and RAs are living and working through this pandemic alongside you. We understand the sacrifices that everyone is being asked to make: we’re making them too, and we know it isn’t always easy. But we can do this together. 

Please follow this guidance, talk to us if something isn’t right, tell us if you need help, and support one another. Every little thing we do for one another counts.

More information

You can find all our COVID-19 content at

There is a quick summary at

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

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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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