How to share your facilities if you are self-isolating
The cleaners will be providing enhanced cleaning on campus for touch points such as handrails, door handles, push-plates and digilocks. Find out how you can use your other shared facilities on campus and keep them clean.
If you have symptoms
If you have symptoms, limit your use of communal spaces.
If you leave your room to access facilities, wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times. Do not use shared spaces such as the kitchen at the same time as other people - eat your meals in your room.
If you are in a hall with shared bathroom facilities and you have been for a test for Covid-19, then we may ask you to temporarily transfer to a room with an ensuite bathroom.
This will help you to recover, reduce the possibility of transmission and help your kitchen group with their self-isolation.
If your test results are negative and you are feeling well then you may return to your study bedroom and kitchen group.
If you are unwell or your test is positive then we will support you in the temporary ensuite facility.
It is vital that you limit the time you that spend in socially distant contact with others from your kitchen group whilst you are in self-isolation. You must remember that the kitchen is primarily a space for people to cook and eat.
Whilst your kitchen group is in self-isolation the kitchen rota system comes first.
- Work out a kitchen rota so you are able to socially distance within your kitchen group or household – this will help you to limit time together in communal spaces
- Clean kitchen surfaces before and after use
- Don’t share crockery, glasses and cutlery and keep your equipment away from others
- Wash up immediately after eating and use your own tea towel for drying everything
- If on campus, follow the local guidelines about the use of kitchens
Gathering in the kitchen
It may be tempting for the whole kitchen group to gather together in the kitchen space. However it is important that you observe social distancing guidelines in order to help contain any further spread of Covid-19.
Small socially distant groups of a few individuals talking is acceptable as long, as you allow space for those who need to cook according to the kitchen rota.
You must still observe the rules with regard to noise and ensure that you do not disturb others - particularly between midnight and 8.00am.
If you're in a hall with communal bathrooms, please make sure you vacate the bathroom which will be cleaned twice-daily. You will be provided with the daily times in advance.
If you're off-campus and living in a household with communal bathrooms, we advise that you set up a bathroom cleaning rota (cleaning twice daily where possible).
As part of your cleaning rota, pay extra attention (enhanced cleaning) to touch points such as handrails and door handles.
If you have symptoms and can use a separate bathroom we advise you to do so - or, use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you've touched.