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Covid-19 Staying Safe in Halls

Staying safe in halls

We want to reassure our students that all social distancing meassures have been taken into consideration for your safety when you live in our accommodation. There is clear signage and markings to ensure students can adhere to a 2 metre distance and feel safe. We have also placed hand sanitiser at entry points for our students to use when entering and exiting the accommodation.

 

We expect our students to abide by the social distancing rules while living in accommodation. Accommodation should be treated as a shared household where mixing with other blocks is forbidden. Students will be put into "bubble" groups inside their accommodation corridor where social distancing can be relaxed to an extent as they would be classed as "same household" members. Students should not be bringing other students/friends/family into their accommodation and should be meeting outside of accommodation if they wish to socialise. 

Government guidelines make it clear that England will be on lockdown from 5th November to December 2nd 2020

  • You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open

You must:

  • Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated
  • Follow social distancing rules
  • Work from home where you can effectively do so
  • Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport
  • For more lockdown restriction rules, please visit Gov.UK

Parties are also not allowed during the pandemic.

Students will also not be allowed to have any overnight guests stay over during the pandemic.

NO SOCIALISING WITH GROUPS OF MORE THAN 6

International students will be allocated to a seperate block where they will be able to self-isolate upon arrival. We will expect all international students and those who have been abroad 14 days prior to moving into our accommodation to self-isolate.

We understand that according to Government Guidance there are some Countries and territories with no self-isolation requirement on arrival in England. However, as a University, self-isolation will be a requirement for all our students as the list of exempt countries changes constantly. This meassure will help us keep our students and campus safe from the virus.

If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19, we strongly recommend you follow the Goverment Guidelines. There is a self isolation guide below to give you more details on what to do if you are showing Covid symtoms and need to self-isolate.

Tips to keep safe:

  1. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering building. If you do not have access to water, please use hand sanitiser.
  2. Avoid touching surface areas unnecessarily when out and about or in your accommodation block.
  3. Catch sneezes or cough into a tissue if possible and dispose the tissue immediately.
  4. Observe the 2 metre distance where possible.
  5. Change out of clothing as soon as possible after returning from outdoors.
  6. Use your own cutlery in the communal kitchen.
  7. Wipe down all surfaces with disinfectent after using kitchen.
  8. Wash up straight away after using untensils and kitchen area.
  9. Wipe down communal bathroom after use and not leave behind personal belongings.
  10. Do not bring friends/family or students from other blocks inside your accommodation as this breaches social distancing measures.

The University has increased cleaning across the University including the halls of residence to ensure we are working together to help keep our campus free from Coronavirus and decrease the spread.

Our cleaning staff will be cleaning the communal areas in halls from Monday-Fridays. We also expect students to keep on top of cleaning and sanitisation when communals areas such as shared kitchens and bathrooms have been used.

Below is a list of the cleaning timetables for each accommodation block. Please could we request students to have a look at the timetable to be aware of the timings our staff will be arriving. Can we also request that students stay in their rooms whilst the cleaners are on site to ensure social distancing measured can be adhered to:

City Timetable:

Walsall Timetable:

Telford Timetable:

Everyone needs to stay alert in order to control the virus and save lives. Hands, Space, Face - wash your hands, cover your face and leave space between people.

The University will expect students and staff to wear a face mask when moving around campus. This includes around Catering outlets, Social areas and when walking in corridors. Face masks can be taken off once seated inside your classrooms and a 2 metre distance has been adhered too. If you have any exemptions of wearing a facemask, you do not have to fill out an exemption card. 

You must be wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose when travelling on public transport or around areas where social distancing cannot place. Unless you are exempt for age, health or equality reasons, It's important face coverings are worn for the whole of your journey, whether in a transport hub or when on public transport. You could be fined up to £3,200 if you don’t wear one and aren’t exempt.

COVID-19 FAQs - For information around Covid campus rules.

 

If you can, you should walk or cycle as much as possible. Plan ahead and read our cycle safety and road safety tips. If you are using public transport to get to your University, please continue to follow the latest government guidance to ensure you are travelling safely. The guidance is also helpful for your travel at the beginning and end of term. This includes:


● Planning your journey in advance and avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like rush hour.
● Wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose unless you are exempt for age, health or equality reasons. It's important face coverings are worn for the whole of your journey, whether in a transport hub or when on public transport. You could be fined up to £3,200 if you don’t wear one and aren’t exempt.
● Maintaining social distancing guidelines.
● Washing or sanitising hands to protect other passengers and staff.


If you are travel by car, read our helpful tips below. If you are sharing a car with another household please follow government guidance to help you stay safe:


● Share your car with the same people each time.
● Open the windows for ventilation.
● Wear a face covering for the duration of the journey unless you are exempt for age, health or equality reasons.
● Consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle – e.g. leave some seats free.
● Clean your car between journeys including door handles and other areas that people may touch.

Every Mind Matters is a platform that has been created by Public Health England with tips and advice developed with experts and approved by the NHS.
Every Mind Matters gives simple and practical advice to manage and maintain mental health – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting mood or sleeping better. It will help spot the signs of common mental health conditions, give personalised practical self-care tips, and provide information on further support. There is also information available on steps to take to help other people.

Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ for more information.

The University also has a Mental Health and Wellbeing team who can help you if your mental health and wellbeing has been affected. You can find out more infomation and how to get in touch with them via their support pages: Mental Health and Wellbeing

The University also has a Chaplaincy which is open to everyone regarless of your beliefs and faith. The Chaplaincy is a great place and in particular they support students with religious or cultural concerns as well as those who are feeling isolated or anxious. They have worked with students to arrange interfaith conversations, social justice activities and visits to places of worship.

For information on how the Chaplaincy can help you, please visit their webpage: Chaplaincy