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Face coverings mandatory on campus from today

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As mentioned in our previous message, we are closely monitoring the situation over the Omicron variant of COVID.

We don’t yet know the risk that this new variant poses. However as a precautionary measure, face coverings will be mandatory in all indoor spaces at our University (with the exception of solo use spaces) from today, Monday 29 November.

This includes when you are sitting in offices or study spaces, unless you are socially distanced to 2 metres. This new guidance overrides any signage you may see around campus, and is in line with current government guidance on public transport and retail.

Face coverings are available for free at building entrances around campus.

I stress that these measures are precautionary as we wait to learn more about the variant. They will remain in place until further notice – we are monitoring the situation continuously and will issue further guidance in due course.

We understand that not everyone can wear a face covering for medical reasons, but if you can then you must do so to help protect others. You should consider wearing a visor if a face covering is not possible for you.

I would also strongly encourage you to take all other measures available – including getting vaccinated against COVID and flu, and regularly washing and sanitising your hands.

You can find further information on our COVID response on our website.

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Chair of the Campus Management Group

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