Many of our Members remained with us over the last year and we continue to welcome new Members. Measures are in place at the College to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of our Members during their time with us.
Government advice is 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 a full programme of face to face events has been reinstated.
Regular all Members’ emails help Members to keep in touch with the latest advice on COVID-19. These provide updates on:
- The latest UK government policy applicable to life at Goodenough College
- Numbers of Members and staff who are self-isolating and the number who have tested positive.
- Measures to support Member safety (such as face coverings and social distancing)
- Core services, such as cleaning and catering
- Health, welfare and financial support services
- Practical information (e.g. advice on areas where some restrictions are still in place)
The College’s COVID-19 management response team (including the Chair of the Members’ Council) is responsible for monitoring the situation, and for reviewing the latest Government guidance and the measures in place to protect Members.
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 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 Member safety
Please see the Government website for full details on the restrictions currently in place in England.
Under the current measures:
- Normal College life has resumed, including the College’s programme of social, cultural and intellectual events.
- A number of COVID-secure measures are still in place in the College’s dining areas. These include hand-sanitiser units, enhanced cleaning schedules, one-way systems where possible, QR codes (for participation in the NHS Test and Trace scheme), and perspex screens at service points.
- Face coverings are not mandatory but we advise Members 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 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. See the official guidance on where you must wear a face covering.
- You can travel internationally but please check the foreign travel advice as the situation is changing constantly. Check whether your destination is on the red list and what travel rules apply for entry to that country and your return to England.
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.
Despite the continuing presence of the pandemic, community life at the College is back to normal. See Life during the pandemic and Pastoral and healthcare support to find out more about what we are doing.
Supporting Members who are unwell or vulnerable
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 PCR test. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.
If a Member shows symptoms of COVID-19 we support them throughout the time they need to self-isolate. Special measures are in place to allow Members in rooms without a private bathroom to access shower and toilet blocks safely. Free 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 will support them if they are required to undergo an extended period of isolation.
Members who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged to have their free NHS vaccinations, when offered, and to advise College staff once their vaccine has been administered.
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 17 March 2022)