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.
The use of face coverings on all public transport is now compulsory.
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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
The majority of face coverings can be washed and re-used. This includes those made out of old clothing.
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.
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.