This information intends to give brief guidance to authorised persons on how to visit the University safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws from guidance published by HM Government and other sources, and is complementary to other guidance developed to support the return to campus.
General advice to visitors to minimise risk associated with COVID-19 is as follows:
- If displaying symptoms, you must self-isolate and inform a member of staff at the University who will inform their Line Manager.
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, and do not share objects e.g. pens.
- Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue and disposed of immediately (into your elbow if no tissue) followed by the washing of hands.
- Visitors must maintain social distancing when greeting others, this includes avoiding shaking hands.
- There is a requirement to record all visitors so we can contact you if someone develops Covid symptoms.
Please observe the following protocols when entering University buildings including:
- Maintaining 2m distancing protocol at all times, including the transit from car parks and public transport drop-off points and paths leading onto the campus and to individual buildings, as well as travelling through buildings.
- Face coverings: We are encouraging the wearing of face coverings. While the use of face coverings when outside is a personal choice, we want to encourage their use particularly inside buildings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. There are some buildings/locations (such as labs and corridors) where 1m+ social distancing means face coverings would be required. We will continue to monitor government guidance on face coverings and update this policy as appropriate.
- Access and egress: Enter all building entrances one at a time.
- You will be expected to follow one-way systems, to limit numbers travelling in lifts together, and will be guided where to walk or stand by floor marking and signage.
- Handwashing facilities will be positioned at entry and exit points, and at all times it is possible to do so you should maintain a distance of at least 2m from others.
- Corridors/staircases/lifts: Maintaining social distancing in the corridors of buildings will involve several factors. Where possible, a one-way system will be in place, creating a series of loops that people should follow when moving around buildings. If corridors are sufficiently wide, a marking down the corridor centre should be made to provide two lanes, in which a one-way system should be implemented (e.g., always keep left).
- The use of lifts in buildings should be avoided wherever possible and used only by people who would have difficulty using the stairs. Where lifts are used, expect the occupancy to be restricted, and there may be floor markings or signs indicating how to stand to maintain safety.
- Toilets: For the majority of communal toilets on campus, it is envisaged that maintaining social distancing will be extremely difficult without changing how these are used. It might be necessary to operate a ‘one-in, one-out’ system with no more than one person in the room at any one time, and to use a ‘knock and call’ system. Additional signage is likely to be used to explain the arrangement. In all cases, hand washing is again a critical aspect of control to remain safe.