Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the ending of the temporary COVID Plan B measures on 27 January.
Our priorities remain the delivery of an excellent student education, alongside ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors.
This update sets out the arrangements which will be put in place from 31 January, reflecting current government guidance and the measures in place in wider society. This enables us to provide a positive and safe on-campus experience which we know is so important to our students.
Face coverings – will no longer be mandatory but remain highly recommended when inside University buildings, in particular in busy and crowded spaces. Please consider others near to you who may feel more comfortable if face coverings are worn. For specialist activities or facilities, face coverings may be mandatory (unless medically exempt) based on local risk assessment.
We will all continue to have a vital role to play in protecting ourselves and our community from COVID-19 through the following measures:
Regular COVID-19 lateral flow testing helps break the chains of transmission. It is recommended that you take a lateral flow test at least twice a week.
You can order online test kits that you can carry out at home. You can also pick a test kit up from Anselm, Augustine House and St George’s receptions in Canterbury, and Rowan Williams Court reception and the Hub at Medway. If you are experiencing symptoms, you must order a PCR test instead.
If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 you will have to self-isolate. Please inform the University as soon as possible by completing this form so that we can support you. Please also notify your Course Team and if on a placement, your placement provider.
Getting your vaccination and booster
Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. All eligible students and staff are encouraged to take up the offer of the COVID-19 vaccine, including boosters as soon as possible.
There are a range of walk-in vaccination centres available throughout Kent and Medway, including one in the Whitefriars Shopping Centre in Canterbury this weekend.
We have a range of measures in place on-campus to keep everyone safe:
- NHS COVID App – download the app and check in using local QR codes.
- Keep your distance – respect others’ space. You may choose to limit the close contact you have with people you do not usually live or study with.
- Ventilate rooms – keep windows open and ensure there is plenty of fresh air. The more fresh air you let into enclosed spaces, the less likely a person is to inhale infectious particles. You may wish to bring extra layers to wear, as rooms may feel colder.
- Wash your hands regularly – use the hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes provided.
We will keep this guidance under regular review and update it if the government or public health advice changes.