Travel quarantine (catered)
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.
A note about terminology: The UK government uses the terms “staying home”, “self-isolation”, and “quarantine” interchangeably. We think this is confusing, so in the University of London, in line with the World Health Organization, we use these terms in their proper medical senses: quarantine is what you do as a precaution, if you might have been exposed to infection but are in normal good health; self-isolation is what you do if you are unwell with symptoms of infection, or if you have had a positive test for coronavirus.
Below are the key instructions that you must follow when quarantining following international travel. You will also find our self-isolation and quarantine FAQs helpful.
You must quarantine for 14 days after travelling from any country or territory that is not listed by the UK government as being exempt from the quarantine requirement. The list of exempt countries (sometimes called "travel corridors") is at gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors.
During travel quarantine in catered accommodation, we will deliver breakfast, lunch, and dinner to your room, Monday to Friday; and brunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday, for the full period
of your quarantine. (Brunch at the weekend is in replacement of breakfast and lunch.)
Tell us that you have to enter travel quarantine using the form at bit.ly/uolselfisolation.
If you do not complete the form, we will not be able to support you or deliver meals to you.
STAY IN YOUR ROOM
You may leave your room only for the following reasons, as infrequently as possible and returning to your room without delay:
- To use designated shared bathroom facilities - these will be indicated with an orange "Quarantining residents only" sign.
- To evacuate the building if the fire alarm sounds, or other emergency.
- To obtain medical care or essential medicines.
Do not allow anyone into your room
No one else should enter your room unless it is to help in an emergency.
Use delivery services instead of going out
Please order food and other essentials online, for delivery to your hall, instead of going out shopping. You might find THIS LIST of delivery companies useful.
Wear a face covering and keep a safe distance
You must wear a face covering over your mouth and nose at all times when outside your room.
Keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres from other people at all times.
Wipe shared surfaces and equipment
Take care to wipe down all surfaces and other items in the shared bathroom before and after you use them, using the disinfectant wipes provided.
Take care of your mental health and wellbeing
Living through a pandemic is stressful. At different times, you might feel anxious, worried, overwhelmed, sad, guilty, or depressed: all these feelings are understandable and it's ok to have them (it's also ok not to feel any of those things - we all react differently).
Talk with a member of our team if you are struggling with difficult feelings and emotions, and see our resources at campuslife.london.ac.uk/tag/Mental+Health.
Our Wardens and Resident Advisors are all trained in having safe and supportive conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
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.
This is mandatory guidance
The police and Public Health England have powers to detain individuals who do not comply with this guidance.
In the Intercollegiate Halls, failure to quarantine/self-isolate when this is indicated will 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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