Measures are in place at the College to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of our Members during their time with us.
Government advice remains that COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
The College’s facilities are all open and we are offering a full programme of face to face events.
During the pandemic regular all Members’ emails helped Members to keep in touch with the latest advice on COVID-19. If necessary, we will reinstate this measure.
To maintain our high standard of care, and to support our Members, we have a range of safety and hygiene measures to stay COVID-19 secure.
The College has consulted with, and received support from, Public Health England’s Health Protection Team on our arrangements to keep our Members and staff safe. We continue to work to be fully compliant with the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 and other diseases.
Further information is available on the measures being taken to ensure we operate a safe working environment in the College.
Measures to support Member safety
Please see the Government website for full details on living safely with respiratory infections, including coronavirus (COVID-19), within England.
Under the current measures:
- Normal College life has resumed, including the College’s programme of social, cultural and intellectual events.
- We have retained a number of COVID-secure measures. These include hand-sanitiser units, enhanced cleaning schedules, and perspex screens at service points.
- Face coverings are not mandatory but Members may still choose to wear them when they are not able to socially distance.
- There is no legal requirement for Members to isolate if they have COVID but the College asks that they do, in order to keep staff and other Members well. Members who decide not to isolate are asked to wear face coverings when outside their rooms, and to stay away from College events and from others until they feel better or have negative tests.
- Members may have guests (including overnight guests), and can book a camp-bed and / or sublet their room. Members should inform their guests and sublets on what to do if they feel unwell or want to isolate (Reception staff should be informed straight away so they can provide advice).
- The College’s cleaners are continuing to clean all shared kitchens and bathrooms and to undertake frequent cleaning of all communal areas.
Outside the College
Current advice is as follows:
- Government advice is that you may wish to take rapid lateral flow tests as a way to manage your personal risk and the risk to those around you. This may be particularly important before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. Report your result and if positive, stay at home and avoid contact with others.
- Face coverings are no longer compulsory in most indoor spaces or on public transport. However, Government advice on managing respiratory infections (including COVID-19) is to continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- You can travel internationally but please check the foreign travel advice as the situation is subject to change.
Within the College
All communal spaces around the College are open:
- The Great Hall dining room is open, providing seated dining and a takeaway meal service for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Freddie’s café in London House is open each day – check the Food and Drink page for opening hours. Bar service operates in the evening and there is a TV and Sky Sport.
- The G-Bar is open from 8-11pm Wednesday to Saturday and 8-10.30pm on Sunday.
- The William Goodenough House (WGH) and London House (LH) Large and Small Common Rooms are available for Members to book to host Clubs and Societies’ events.
- The Members Common Room (LH, under the main buttery) is open 24 hours a day but with a limit on numbers for social distancing.
- The College libraries are open daily from 9am to midnight. Screens will remain in place to provide added protection for users.
- Study spaces – including The Campbell Stuart Library (WGH), The Charles Parson’s Library (LH) and the Canadian Scholars Room (open to all nationalities) are open 24 hours a day.
- Media rooms are available to Members to print.
- Services are taking place in the Chapel – open for use by those of all faiths and none for quiet contemplation, prayer or meditation.
- The Music Rooms are open.
- Mecklenburgh Square Garden is open. The tennis courts are available for use and bookings can be made for group events.
- Families – the playroom, games room and children’s library are open and available to book.
Members who are fully vaccinated (and their family members aged under 18) do not need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If they have symptoms they should still isolate and take a test. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.
Arrangements for staff
All of the College’s staff, contractors and any third parties who are working on site are informed of, and required to strictly adhere to, our risk assessments and procedures, which include the latest Government public health advice relevant to their role.
(Updated 1 November 2022)