Physical distancing on campus
Physical distancing is one of the best defences against the spread of COVID-19. To ensure you maintain physical distance on campus you should:
- Keep 1.5 metres physical distance from others
- Avoid physical greetings such as handshakes, kisses and hugs
- Avoid gathering in groups, especially at classroom entry and exit
- Avoid crowded spaces
- Use tap and go instead of cash
- Follow instructions on campus signage and do not exceed capacity limits of any rooms
- Wear a face mask if you can’t keep 1.5 metres from others, especially indoors and in communal areas and kitchens.
Physical distancing in teaching spaces
Teaching spaces have been timetabled to allow 1 person per 2 square metres. You should wear a face mask in these spaces if you cannot maintain 1.5 metres physical distance from others or if you are instructed to do so by your teacher.
Physical distancing in all other spaces on campus
The main rule to remember when determining room capacity is to ensure that 1.5 metres physical distance between people can be maintained.
Many rooms have capacity signage in place - these are a guide only and based on 1 person per 4 square metres. We ask that you apply common sense when using rooms on campus and be conscious of others who may not feel comfortable in a crowded space given the ongoing COVID-19 risk.
You should wear a face mask if you cannot maintain 1.5 metres physical distance, especially indoors.
Room capacity signage is available here for managers to print off and display.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser – especially after being in a public space or touching your face or coughing or sneezing. We strongly recommend you bring hand sanitiser with you to campus for times when you can’t access handwashing facilities.
Remember the health advice: use a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of it immediately and then wash your hands. Or cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Looking after your space
If you are using a lab, library study space or your regular workspace, please use the cleaning products provided to wipe down equipment, desks and computers before and after use. This includes and communal working areas you might use and any frequently touched surfaces.
We also ask that you take personal responsibility and recommend you keep wipes and sanitiser on you for use in other areas.
Please ensure you comply with physical distancing measures while using restrooms. Wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
You must ensure, as far as you reasonably can, to maintain physical distancing in lifts and lift waiting areas. We also strongly recommend you wear a mask when using lifts. Avoid touching the lift buttons with exposed fingers/hands. Wash your hands at the next available opportunity. Please give priority to people who are less mobile or with a disability and use the stairs where possible.
Using break or co-curricular areas
Physical distancing applies to kitchen, break and leisure areas. You should always practise good food safety when preparing food, especially in communal areas. Wash your hands before, during and after food preparation and between handling raw and cooked food. Wipe all surfaces with the cleaning materials provided after use, including tables, refrigerator handles, coffee machines and taps, etc.