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Managing Covid-19 safely

Below you can find out about the current arrangements on campus at Warwick following the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions on 19 July.

As a city and region, it remains important – perhaps more so than ever – that we continue to work closely together and support endeavours to protect the wider community and prevent transmission of Covid-19.

Our arrangements at Warwick follow consideration of the Government’s evolving position and consultation with campus trade unions. It also goes without saying that the safety and wellbeing of all members of our community and neighbours continues to be our utmost priority.

Whilst the lifting of restrictions will give more freedom, at Warwick we continue to place emphasis on the personal responsibility we all must undertake to behave in a way that protects ourselves and each other, and thereby protecting our wider community.

Our approach will be a safe and gradual one in terms of lifting safety measures on campus. We will continue to work closely with our public health and local authority partners on the best approach as the situation evolves and our approach will be under regular review. Our measures also reflect the fact that our student community is still to be fully vaccinated.

From 19 July to 1 September, we will have a reduced number of students on campus as we are now in the summer vacation period. During this time frame we will continue to use the following safety measures:

Teaching, library and study spaces
  • 5m social distancing will continue for scheduled in-person teaching and library/study spaces.
  • Face coverings should continue to be used when individuals are moving around these spaces, but are not required when individuals are seated.
 Offices and dwell spaces
  • 5m social distancing will continue where space allows in offices and dwell spaces.
  • Where space doesn’t allow for social distancing, individuals are advised to use face coverings unless agreed as a group using that space that they are content without.
  • Face coverings should continue to be used when individuals are moving around these spaces.
Cafes, retail, conferences, Warwick Arts Centre and Sports and Wellness Hub
  • There will be no face coverings or social distancing required in retail, cafes, or conference spaces on campus, nor in the Warwick Arts Centre or the Sports and Wellness Hub.
Asymptomatic testing and hand sanitising
  • Asymptomatic testing will continue. Everyone who lives or regularly visits campus for study or work is strongly advised to continue with twice weekly testing (and PCR testing will continue to be available for anyone with Covid-19 symptoms).
  • Individuals are encouraged to continue to use hand sanitiser available in spaces across campus.
Staff and working on campus
  • Staff may continue to work from home while the University establishes ways of working for the new academic year – expected from 1 September.
  • If the task requires it, staff are able to come to campus to work.

We have also reinforced the messaging from local public health officials to our students moving around in our local area, emphasising the need for responsibility and continuing to protect one another in our wider community. This is advised to be done through regular asymptomatic testing and vaccinations, wearing face coverings on public transport, in shops and health buildings, as well as following hygiene practices around hand washing and using sanitiser.

Our longer-term arrangements will be outlined before 1 September, and updates on those arrangements will follow in due course. It is likely this will include our plans for international students affected by travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, plus management guidance and provision and support for self-isolation.

If you have any questions, please let us know at community@warwick.ac.uk

Get in touch

We have a webform to report issues with student residents. You can access it here.

If you have any other questions, suggestions or concerns – or if you want to tell us about a student neighbour who has been especially thoughtful – please do let us know. You can email us on community@warwick.ac.uk or call us 024 7615 0708.

If you have thoughts on something we might have missed, or just general comments, we’d love to hear from you via community@warwick.ac.uk.

Term dates 2021-22

Autumn Term

Monday 4 October 2021 – Saturday 11 December 2021

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