Around half of our Members currently remain with us. A range of measures is in place to ensure their safety, security and wellbeing during their time with us.
We are continuing to keep Members informed about how we are managing the COVID-19 risks facing the UK, following best advice from the Government.
Regular ‘All Members’ emails help Members to keep in touch with the College’s latest advice. These provide updates on:
- The latest UK government policy applicable to life at Goodenough College
- Numbers of Members and staff who are self-isolating
- Measures to support social distancing
- Core services, such as cleaning and catering
- Health, welfare and financial support services
- Key College- and Member-led virtual events
- Practical information (e.g. advice on areas that are open and how to access them)
The College’s COVID-19 management response team (including the Chair of the Members’ Council) meets regularly to monitor the changing situation around the outbreak, the latest Government guidance and to review the measures in place to protect Members.
To maintain our high standard of care, and to support our Members during what is a very difficult time, we have introduced a wide range of safety and hygiene measures to stay COVID-19 secure.
The College has consulted with, and received support from, Public Health England 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 as that develops.
Further information is available on the measures being taken to ensure we operate a safe working environment in the College.
Measures to support social distancing
In line with advice from Government and Public Health England, we ask Members to view their room or flat as their “household” and to spend much of their time there. The exceptions being to use the bathroom (for those without en suite facilities); the butteries (for those who don’t live in a flat with kitchen facilities); going to the Great Hall to collect food, shopping for essentials and taking exercise and relaxing outside.
Goodenough’s front line employees – the reception team, cleaners, catering, facilities management and maintenance staff – are our everyday heroes.
Our cleaners are cleaning all shared kitchens and bathrooms and have increased the frequency of the cleaning of all communal areas. (We are not cleaning inside Members’ rooms and flats at the moment and will only reintroduce this when it is safe to do so.)
The following communal spaces around the College are closed at present to Members:
- Great Hall – staff and Members are only able to collect food to eat in their own rooms/offices
- Media rooms
- Seminar rooms
- Large and small common rooms
- G bar
- Churchill Room
- Junior Common Rooms
The Chapel has limited opening hours and special measures are in place to allow Members to book time slots to access the Mecklenburgh Square Gardens, tennis court, and the College’s Music rooms and Art rooms.
Otherwise, the Great Hall is still open and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as a take-away service – the number of people in the servery area is limited to five at a time and Members are asked to eat their meals in their room/flat.
In line with Government guidance, Members are asked to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where they will come into contact with people they don’t normally meet. Materials and guidance on making face coverings has been given to Members currently on site. We have not made the wearing of face coverings inside the College compulsory, but some Members choose to wear them.
To protect Members and staff, most guests, sublets and/or visitors are not permitted at present. The UK Government recently introduced ‘social bubbles’ and Members can have one guest (the same one each time) visit them in their room and stay overnight if they wish. The guest does not have to be a College Member but Members must register their guest if they are not a College Member.
Despite all the special measures in place community life at the College remains strong and we are working with Members to make their time under lockdown as easy as possible. See Life under lockdown and Pastoral and healthcare support to find out more about what we are doing.
Supporting Members who are unwell or vulnerable
If a Member shows symptoms of COVID-19 we support them throughout the time they need to self-isolate. Members in rooms without a private bathroom are moved to en suite rooms for the period of their isolation. Meals are delivered to their door, and staff make regular ‘check-ins’ to ensure that those who are unwell are comfortable physically and in good mental health and to provide help with any other needs.
We have assessed all of those who have another health condition which increases their vulnerability to serious illness should they contract Coronavirus. We have made provision for alternative accommodation if this is more suitable and supported them if they are required to undergo an extended period of isolation.
Arrangements for staff
In common with many other organisations, we have had to make difficult decisions in the face of declining income. To help manage the situation, we have made use of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and have furloughed a number of staff who are not needed at present to run our essential services.
The remaining staff, working at home or on site, are helping to pick up duties for staff who have been furloughed in addition to their own duties.
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 22 June 2020)