We all have a role to play in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). The actions below will reduce your chance of catching COVID-19 or passing it on to others. You should think about each point carefully and plan how you will follow this guidance in your daily life.
You should always try to stay 2 metres away from other people, wash your hands often, not touch your face and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue. These actions are critical to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities.
More information is available on what you can do to protect yourself and others.
Cover you face
Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces unless you have a good reason not to. This includes when moving around the corridors of CODE.
More information is available on when to wear a face covering and how to make your own face covering.
England is still under Covid measures, but some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will change on Monday (29 March). It's part of the roadmap out of lockdown set by the Government for England.
From 29 March:
- you will be able to meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)
- you will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
The Government will also be announcing around Easter what the plans are for allowing students on non-practical courses to return. Remember:
- If you're taking practical and practice based courses which require specialist equipment and facilities, you can now attend in person teaching and learning. Students eligible to attend in person teaching are encouraged to take a test before they travel. Your university will provide information on how to get tested on arrival.
- There is guidance for universities and students starting and returning to higher education in the spring term. This outlines when you are and are not allowed to travel. You may return in exceptional circumstances, for example, where you do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, facilities or study space, or where you need to return for health or safety reasons.
- Students who have returned to CODE/university should not move back and forward between their permanent home and student home during term time, unless they have an exemption.
- Higher education students who have moved to university accommodation and returned to face to face learning will be able to move back to their permanent home at the end of the Spring term for the Easter holidays, if they wish to. In order to minimise the risk of transmission, the Government strongly advise however that students remain in their term time accommodation where possible, especially those students who returned to campus from 8 March. Students should take a test before they travel.
Students should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times.
Find out more about the Lockdown Measures.
Meeting people indoors
- you cannot meet other people indoors, unless they are part of your support bubble.
The police will be able to take action against those who break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices:
- £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days
- £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400
If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000. Students around the country, including Nottingham have been issued with fines.
What it means for living at CODE
- Our Office opening hours stay the same, but with extra precautions at the entrance. Please contact us by phone or via our chat service if you can rather than visiting the Office. If you do visit the Office you must wear a mask/face covering over your mouth and nose. You may also be asked to wait outside while we control numbers.
- Our parcel service will continue – but again you must wear a mask or face covering when collecting parcels.
- You can still use the study spaces but you must book a study space. Study space booking will beginning on Monday 4 January.
- CODE Gym – Grand re-opening
We are pleased to announce that, in-line with government guidelines, our gym will be re-opening on at 10am on Monday 12th April and we will be re-opening with a bang! Between 10am – 12pm and a member of the team will be there to answer any questions and also to give you some freebies such as, water and energy drinks.
- Under Government rules, we must close the communal spaces and it will remain closed while there is a national lockdown.
- Under Government rules, we must close the cafe (except for takeaways) and it will remain closed while there is a national lockdown.
- The laundry is open as normal.
SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay in your flat and book a free test immediately. Closely follow the advice you are given when you book your test.
Information on how to book a test and advice on what to do next is available here.
You should also let us know by completing the Self Isolation form. We can then offer advice on how to keep yourself and others safe and well.
You should not leave CODE to go home in the event of an outbreak or restrictions being applied in a local area.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
The Student Space platform, offers mental support for students arising from this unprecedented situation.
We also have a range of support available to help look after your well-being.
BEING TOLD TO SELF-ISOLATE
If you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you are a contact of a person with COVID-19, stay at home and follow the advice you are given.
More information is available on what to do if you are a contact of someone with COVID-19.
If you are returning from certain countries affected by COVID-19, stay at home and follow the advice you are given.
Find out which countries are affected.
If you are staying at home for any COVID-19 related reason, you should not go outside for any reason. You should not have visitors to your studio except for people who provide you with essential care.
From 28 September, you could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate because you are a contact of someone who has had a positive test result.
From this date, if you test positive for COVID-19, it will also be an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace.
Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000.
ARRIVING IN ENGLAND
From 15 February, if you arrive in England and have travelled in a country on the banned travel list (sometimes called the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, you will need to quarantine (self-isolate) in a government quarantine hotel for 10 days. You will need to book your hotel before you travel and 2 COVID-19 tests to take during your quarantine.
If you’re coming from a country that is not on the banned travel list, you will need to quarantine at CODE for 10 days. You will need to book 2 COVID-19 tests before you arrive to take during your quarantine.
Find more information on How to self-isolate when you travel to England.
Until 15 February, when you arrive in England, you must travel directly to CODE and self-isolate for 10 days. The 10-day period is counted from the day after you leave the departure country, territory or island.
If you are self isolating, you should not go outside for any reason. You should not have visitors to your studio except for people who provide you with essential care. At CODE we can help you if you are self-isolating.