Find out more about the changes in place from 19th July and what they mean for City.
Published Tuesday, 13th July, 2021 in University news
On Monday 12th July, the Prime Minister confirmed the next stage in the easing of restrictions will take place in England. Whilst many restrictions will lift, the Government will be keeping some protective measures in place.
From Monday 19th July a number of changes will take place, including:
- All remaining limits on social contact will be removed and there will be no more restrictions on how many people can meet in any setting, indoors or outdoors.
- All settings will be able to open, including nightclubs. Large events can resume without any limits on attendance or social distancing requirements.
- All restrictions on life events such as weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs and baptisms will be removed, including the remaining restrictions on the number of attendees.
- The legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings. To help reduce the spread of Covid-19, guidance advises wearing a face covering will reduce your risk and the risk to others, where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
- Social distancing rules will be lifted.
- The Government will change the controls that apply in education institutions to maintain a baseline of protective measures while maximising attendance and minimising disruption to studies.
- There will be no restrictions on in-person teaching and learning in universities.
- You should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not yet fully vaccinated.
- People who are self-isolating should continue to socially distance from others, particularly where they have had a positive test.
- Social distancing will be required in limited circumstances.
While cases remain high and rising, the Government is keeping the following protection in place at Step 4:
- Testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
- Isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- Border quarantine for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
- Expecting and recommending that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
- Being outside or letting fresh air in where possible
- Minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
You can read the full details of the changes on the Government website.
What this means for City
We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the new academic year. You can find information. We plan to deliver most of your academic and social activities on-campus and in-person.
To ensure we can safely offer activities on campus and give you the opportunity to interact with other students, we will be delivering:
- Seminars, workshops and smaller group teaching sessions in person on campus
- Practical elements of programmes, such as labs and use of specialist facilities, on campus.
- Large lectures online and recorded so you can watch them at a time convenient to you
Your School will be in touch with more information about the delivery of your programme next year as well as any changes that are planned.
We will continue to ensure that courses with practical, clinical, and Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Board (PSRB) requirements are delivered in a way which meets these requirements.
You can find more information in our FAQs and in the latest student email.