Many of our Members remained with us over the last year and we continue to welcome new Members. A range of measures are in place to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of our Members during their time with us.
We are continuing to keep Members informed about how we are managing COVID-19 risks, following best advice from the UK 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 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
- Key College- and Member-led events
- 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) meets regularly to monitor the changing situation, 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, 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
England moved to Step Four in the national roadmap plan on 19 September 2021. While major restrictions have been removed, the advice is that everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Please see the Government website for full details on the restrictions currently in place.
Under the current measures:
- Normal College life, including the College’s programme of social, cultural and intellectual events has resumed, with a few minor restrictions on numbers to enhance Member safety.
- Members are advised to maintain social distancing around the College and to wear a face covering in a few areas where safe social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Members may have guests (including overnight guests), and can book a camp-bed and / or sublet their room.
- Members are advised that it is safer to meet people outdoors rather than indoors.
- 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:
- Test when you have symptoms, test regularly, follow your university testing regime, isolate if necessary and isolate if contacted by NHS Test and Trace or by the College.
- Use face coverings on public transport and in crowded areas. Some shops (especially supermarkets) have said they will still require face coverings.
- Meet others outdoors where possible.
- Minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
- For those who are working, Government advice is that there should be a gradual return to offices over the summer.
- There is no limit on the number of people you can meet indoors or outdoors and you do not need to stay two metres apart from people you do not live with.
- Table service in restaurants and bars is no longer necessary and there are no restrictions on singing and close contact. In venues such as nightclubs, sporting events stadiums, theatres, cinemas, etc) capacity limits no longer apply.
- There are no limits on group sizes for communal worship.
- You can travel internationally without a legal restriction or permitted reason but please check the current national guidance as the situation is changing constantly. A traffic light system for international travel is in place and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
Within the College
The following communal spaces around the College are open (with a few changes to capacity and/or opening times to enhance Member safety):
- The Great Hall dining room is open, providing seated dining and a takeaway meal service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. By 28 July additional tables and chairs will be added to increase capacity.
- Freddie’s café in London House is open between 10am and 10pm each day. The coffee service operates from 10am to 4pm, and 6pm to 10pm on Monday-Friday and 12 noon to 5pm and 6.30 to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. Bar service operates in the evening and there is a TV and Sky Sport.
- The G-Bar will reopen at 8pm on Friday 23 July. It will then continue to open at 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sundays throughout July and August.
- 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.
- Service in the Chapel have resumed and the Chapel is 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 are advised to maintain social distancing around the College and are asked to wear a face covering in the following areas – Great Hall Servery; Libraries; Butteries (where others are gathered); Reception, if you are going to stop to engage with staff; and anywhere else inside where you cannot maintain safe social distancing.
Despite the presence of the pandemic, community life at the College remains strong and we are working with Members to make their time with us as pleasurable and easy as possible. 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
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. 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.
As a Member you may be eligible for a discretionary £500 payment if you are told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace and cannot work from home. Parents who cannot work from home because their children need to isolate may also be eligible.
Arrangements for staff
Goodenough’s front line employees – the reception team, cleaners, catering, facilities management and maintenance staff – are our everyday heroes.
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 19 July 2021)