Durham University has outlined how they expect the campus will operate in the coming academic year, in light of the UK Government confirming on 12th July that all legal restrictions for managing the coronavirus pandemic will be lifted from 19th July.
In an email to all students, the University emphasised that Covid-19 still remains a risk, so it is ‘vital’ that the University community operates cautiously in the coming months. The University reiterated the ‘Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air’ guidance using during the previous academic year.
For the new academic year, the University said that it will go beyond the UK Government’s guidance in order to prioritise the health, safety, and wellbeing of the Durham community. Therefore, hand sanitiser and cleaning stations will remain available next year.
Furthermore, face coverings will continue to be encouraged on campus, and ventilation measures will remain in place, including the use of air quality monitors, at the beginning of next term.
Nevertheless, the University intends all activities to operate without social distancing in the new academic year, in accordance with Government guidance. This will remain under regular review in conjunction with local risk assessments.
The University also encouraged all students and staff to have the vaccine, as it is the best way to protect ourselves from the virus, and emphasised that we need not wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking our vaccinations, but can do so immediately.
Lateral Flow Testing will continue seven days a week at the Palace Green and from Monday to Friday to Palatine Centre throughout the summer holiday.
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