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Important update: Face coverings mandatory on campus

29 Nov 2021

Message from Professor Nalin Thakkar, Chair of the Campus Management Group

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Dear colleagues,

We are closely monitoring the situation over the Omicron variant of COVID.

We don’t yet know the risk that this new variant poses, but as a precautionary measure in line with the government guidance on public transport and retail, face coverings in our University will be mandatory in all indoor spaces with the exception of solo use spaces, from Monday 29 November. 

This includes when you are sitting in offices or study spaces, unless you are socially distanced to 2 metres.

This new guidance is irrespective of the signage around campus. Face coverings will be available from University buildings.

I should stress that these measures are precautionary as we wait to learn more about the variant, and will remain in place until further notice. We are monitoring the situation continuously and will issue further guidance in due course.

We understand that not everyone can wear a face covering for medical reasons, but if you can you must do so to help protect others. You should also consider wearing a visor if a face covering is not possible for you.

I would also strongly encourage you to take all other measures available, including getting vaccinated against COVID and flu, and regular hand washing and sanitising.

Further information on our COVID response can be found on our website.

Kind regards,

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Chair of the Campus Management Group

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