Life in Halls: COVID 19 Guidance
During the national lockdown across England, new restrictions are in place that you must adhere to. Under these restrictions you must stay at home. The only reasons you can leave home are to:
- Shop for basic necessities, for yourself or a vulnerable person
- Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if this cannot reasonably be done from home
- Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, which should be limited to once a day and not involve travelling outside of your local area
- Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- Attend education or childcare, for those who are eligible.
Under the national lockdown you cannot meet socially with anyone you don't live or have a support bubble with. For Halls this mean:
- You can socialise with your own household in your flat but you must not invite other people into your flat, or visit other people in their flats.
- No guests are permitted in Halls. This includes daytime and overnight guests.
- Please be aware the noise curfew of 11pm remains in Halls. After this time noise should be kept to a minimum and should not be heard outside the room you are in to avoid disturbing others.
- In line with the above, large gatherings and parties are not permitted, and this includes outdoor spaces at Halls. It is important to be aware that the University may take disciplinary action or the police and other enforcement officers may issue penalty notices if this is not followed.
- Away from Halls you cannot socialise outdoors. Exercise is a permitted reason to leave your home, and you are able to do this as a household or with one other person if you are alone, but you cannot go outdoors for the purposes of leisure and recreation (e.g. to meet socially or to have a picnic). Further guidance on exercise can be seen on the government website.
If you are currently living in Halls and are now the only person staying in your flat, you can look to form a ‘support bubble’ with another flat. Click here for more information.
What to do if you have a concern
If someone in your household is not following the rules, in the first instance please try and raise this with them directly. If this does not resolve the issue, please contact your Residential Adviser for support. If a problem persists, your RA will be able to escalate this to your Hall Warden for disciplinary action. It is important to be aware that the University may take disciplinary action or the police and other enforcement officers may issue penalty notices if this is not followed. Any noise concerns in the evening/overnight should be reported to the duty RA, and any concerns in the day to your Hall Reception Team.
Our Wardens and Residential Advisers are on hand to help with any assistance you may require. From being on call over night to provide support, to running check in chats, they are on hand to ensure you are not isolated throughout this period. If you want to talk to the Duty RA on call overnight, you can find their contact details here.
Check-in chats are available to all students who are currently in our halls, and take the form of regular groups chats on Teams/Zoom with your RA. They are a friendly and inclusive catch up to see how you are getting on, as well as providing ideas and activities for you to get involved in. If you are currently in a flat by yourself, these check-in chats are also a great way to connect with others across the Hall. If you have not yet participated but are interested to join, you can contact your RA for more details.
Laundry and post facilities
There should still be a maximum of 4 students in the laundry room at any one time, you should leave the room during your laundry cycles and come back to collect your items once finished. There will be wipes available to wipe down machines before/after use. When collecting any post and parcels from the reception area, you should wear a face covering at all times. We also ask that you come alone rather than with others when collecting parcels. Where possible, for non-essential deliveries we ask that you look to use alternative delivery options such as Amazon lockers. Please ensure that you use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving all communal spaces.
Getting a test
Tests, whether you have symptoms or not, are available for all University of Liverpool students through the University. The test centres are at the Campus Sports Centre and Greenbank Student Village. Click here for more information and to book a test.
Please be aware that all Covid-19 information is subject to change and will be reviewed throughout the year. Keep an eye on your emails and Halls Life to stay up to date with changes, including changes to household guidance.
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