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National easing of Covid restrictions – update on arrangements at Warwick from 19 July

Here’s an overview of arrangements at Warwick following the easing of national Covid restrictions on 19 July.

The safety and wellbeing of all members of our community and our neighbours continue to be our utmost priority.
Whilst changes will give more freedom, we must take personal responsibility to continue to behave responsibly to protect ourselves, and to protect our wider community. We will take a safe and gradual approach to the lifting of all safety measures on campus, and we’ll work closely with our community and local public health authorities on the best approach.

From 19 July to 1 September, we will continue to use the following safety measures on campus:

Teaching, library and study spaces

  • 1.5m 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 if others are around, but are not required when individuals are seated.

Offices and dwell spaces

  • 1.5m 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 you agree as a group using that space that you are content without.
  • Face coverings should continue to be used when individuals are moving around these spaces if others are present.

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 symptoms).
  • Please continue to use hand sanitiser available in spaces across campus.

Moving around our local area

As local public health officials have called for, we must be responsible and continue to protect one another in our wider community. This means regular asymptomatic testing and vaccinations, and it means continuing to wear face coverings on public transport, in shops and in health centres and testing centres, as well as continue hygiene practices around hand-washing and using sanitiser.

Next steps

Our gradual approach reflects the fact that we must continue to be responsible. Our student community is still to be fully vaccinated and so we are continuing with some safety measures in spaces where students and staff will routinely meet for study/research purposes.

We will keep our approach under regular review, in conjunction with local public health services and Government guidance, we will update signage on updated safety measures, and we will engage with students and staff on safety arrangements for the new academic year.

We will let you know about any further changes or updates ahead of 1 September.