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We each have a duty to protect ourselves and each other through the pandemic and below are steps which must be taken by all staff and students.

Self-isolating

You must self-isolate immediately:

  • If you feel unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, which could include any of the following: a new, persistent cough, a temperature or a loss of taste or smell. Arrange a test through the NHS website or by calling 119 and, if positive, continue self-isolating for at least 10 days from when the symptoms appeared.

  • For 14 days if you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus and tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test; or who has no symptoms but a positive test result.

  • For 14 days if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace after you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus.

You must notify the University if you have a positive coronavirus test or are self-isolating, providing details of dates and locations of any time on site. Students should contact coronavirusconcern@sgul.ac.uk. Staff should contact their manager and HR via hrhelp@sgul.ac.uk.

How we can all help

Let’s all play our part to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or hand gel frequently and whenever leaving any space on campus.

  • Wear face coverings in all common parts of the University, including in the main foyers, The Street, common rooms, the Library and the Halls of Residence (but not in individual flats). Face coverings must also be worn in learning environments, such as teaching rooms and laboratories, at all times and in offices where 2m distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Keep your distance, staying at least two metres apart from others outside your household, or, if that's not possible in classes, offices or elsewhere, one metre apart with mitigation e.g. face coverings or screens.

  • Stay apart, not gathering socially indoors with others from different households, or outdoors in a group of more than 6, in line with Government guidelines. 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes using a tissue or your elbow.

  • Use spaces safely, following the one-way systems, tapping your ID card whenever you can so there’s a record of your movements around campus and wiping desks and computers before you use them in common areas such as in the Library.

  • Keep informed of any changes to guidance, checking your emails regularly for alerts from the University.

  • Remind and respect others, prompting others to follow the rules to keep us all safe, but being aware that some people are exempt from requirements to wear a face covering. Do not take offence if you receive a reminder yourself.

Please be aware that wilfully and repeatedly breaching requirements could lead to disciplinary processes.

Additional requirements for halls of residence:

  • Horton Halls will be closed to external visitors

  • Mixing between flats will be prohibited; residents will not be able to visit other flats or host other residents in their flats.

  • The large common room near the reception will be closed (no entry or exit)

  • You must wear a mask/facial covering while in Horton Halls (corridors, bike store, laundry room, reception, lifts, and stairwells)

  • Any outdoor gatherings, whether in the courtyard or at the front of the building, will be limited to no more than six individuals.

Frequently asked questions

Face masks and coverings

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When and where should I wear a face covering?

The following guidance and information applies to all staff, students, visitors and contractors who are on the university premises either in Hunter and Jenner Wings, the Halls of Residence and the Sports centre.

The guidance for wearing of face coverings has changed during the current Covid-19 Pandemic in line with the new National Restriction period starting on 5 November 2020. Current general guidance is available  here. New guidance for higher education can be found here. You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave.

Please note that this guidance has recently been expanded to include new areas and may change.

Public transport 

The use of face coverings on all public transport is now compulsory

Hospitals  

All visitors must wear face coverings whilst on a hospital site.  All hospital staff are now required to wear surgical masks.  

If you use a hospital entrance and walk through the hospital, you will be seen as a visitor and will be required to wear a face covering.  

University students and staff entering clinical facilities for work/placement purposes will be required to use surgical masks. 

Shops

Face coverings are now required in shops and where food or drink is purchased at a take-away outlet. It is permissible for the face covering to be removed in the seating area of the outlet while taking into account the need for social distancing (2M).

St George’s University areas – Hunter and Jenner Wings  

St George’s University has put in place measures to reasonably manage the risk in these areas.   The guidance applies to all learning environments such as teaching rooms, library, laboratories offices and other areas that may be entered by the public, NHS Trust staff and University staff. 

Public areas 
  • Government guidance indicates that you should wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Therefore, you must wear face coverings in all common parts spaces of the University, this includes, the main Foyers, The Street, Library, Common Rooms, the Halls of Residence (but not individual flats). 
Learning environments
  • Once inside your learning environment be that a teaching space, library or laboratory, face coverings must be worn at all times unless otherwise advised. National Restriction guidance.
Office environments
  • Where the area meets Covid-secure guidelines and 2m distancing can be maintained you are not required to wear a face covering.   However, if 2m distancing cannot be maintained, face coverings must be worn in accordance with the Government 1m+ rule and new National Restrictions guidelines for Higher Education (see FAQs here). 

You must observe social distancing requirements (2m/1m+) even when wearing face coverings. 

After travelling, especially on public transport, it is essential that you wash your hands thoroughly before starting work. 

Further information can be found here  social distancing guidance (see FAQ’s here also). 

Instruction on how to make your own face coverings can be found on the Government web site here

Information on types of face covering and where they must be worn can be found here

We will keep this guidance under review. 

What is the difference between a face covering and a face mask?

A face covering can be made at home from fabric or cloth and should cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably. Gov.uk has produced guidance on how to make your own face covering at home.

A face mask is a professionally made, fluid resistant mask used in healthcare settings.

The BBC has a helpful article here.

Are visitors allowed to wear face masks instead of face coverings?
Yes. However, these should not be supplied by the University/Trust unless it is essential. Face masks must be disposed in the offensive waste bins provided at locations throughout the Trust – do not dispose of them in general waste bins.
Can face coverings be reused?
The majority of face coverings can be washed and re-used. This includes those made out of old clothing.
What is a Covid secure area?

This is an area in which:

  • A COVID-19 risk assessment has been carried out and shared with the people who work in the area

  • There is easy access to handwashing/hand sanitising facilities

  • The area is cleaned regularly

  • Social distancing can be maintained at all times with staff 2m apart

If I am working on the Trust site should I bring my own face mask?

You will not need to bring your own face mask as the Trust will be providing them. Staff/students should read the NHS guidance. Students should follow their course guidelines on procedures. However, you will need to wear your own face covering to enter the hospital and make your way to your place of work.

How do I dispose of my face mask?

If you’re using single use face coverings, they can be disposed of in the domestic waste at St George’s. This will be collected by the cleaners and disposed of via the normal route. The waste is used for energy production and does not go to landfill.

The current government guidance states that face coverings can be disposed of via the domestic waste stream. Further details and information on this can be found here.

How will PPE be disposed of in teaching areas?

Face masks, aprons and gloves used in the practical, face-to-face teaching areas will be disposed of via the Offensive Waste stream. The bins are orange-lidded and have a ‘clinical waste only’ sticker on. The bags will be black and yellow striped.

This minimises the likelihood that anyone handling the waste will be infected by the used PPE, should an asymptomatic person be present at the session.

This is good practice and should be followed by students and staff.

 

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