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Last updated: 11 Nov 2020 9:55am

Find out what the lockdown restrictions mean for City

Published Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 in University news

The Prime Minister has announced new national restrictions in England to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). From Thursday 5th November, everyone must stay at home, and may only leave for a limited set of reasons.

These include:

  • For education;
  • For work, if you cannot work from home;
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household;
  • For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm;
  • To shop for food and essentials;
  • To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed. Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services. Essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open and click and collect services can continue.

These measures will be in place until Wednesday 2nd December when the Government will review them.

What this means for City

The Prime Minister outlined the Government’s priority to keep universities open during the upcoming national lockdown. Based on the current guidance available, City’s campus will remain open to deliver limited in person teaching and so that you can access library services and study spaces to help you progress with your degree.  You will be allowed to travel to our campus for educational purposes.

In all spaces on campus, you must maintain social distancing, wear a face covering, unless you are exempt and adhere to the increased hygiene measures.

We appreciate this is a worrying time but we want to reassure you that the University is here to support you. You can find out more about the support available here

We will review any further guidance from the Government and will let you know if there are any additional changes.

How we’ll deliver your education

We have developed our programmes for this academic year to enable the majority of teaching to be delivered online. The limited number of small group teaching activities that are timetabled to take place on campus will continue as planned. This is kept under regular review and if there are any changes to your timetable, you will be contacted by your Course Office.

We understand that some students will be unable to attend planned teaching on campus due to personal circumstances. The University has worked to make sure that the majority of teaching materials are available online for those students who are unable to come onto campus.  Your Course Office will contact you if there are situations in which on-line provision cannot be provided.

What will be open on campus

Libraries and study spaces

University libraries can remain open to students and staff for educational purposes. At City, Northampton Square library will remain open for you to study, borrow and return books. However, Bunhill Row library will close on the evening of Wednesday 4th November. A click and collect service is in operation at Northampton Square and many library services are available to access online.

Study spaces and PC labs on campus will remain open for you to use. You can book a study space or a PC in the library using our booking system.

Please the library webpages for the most up to date opening times, as the evening and weekend opening times may change. You must only use the library and study spaces independently and must not gather in groups on campus.

Faith and prayer spaces

Friday Prayer and congregational activity for all other faith or non-faith groups will be suspended to align with Government requirements. We will be closing all chaplaincy spaces and the Chaplaincy Team will continue to support students on-line. More information will follow about alternative prayer options.


As part of the new national restrictions, gyms, leisure centres and sports facilities will be required to close. CitySport will close at 8pm on Wednesday 4th November until Wednesday 2nd December. CitySport will be in touch with more information about their on-line provision to support your well-being during the closure. We will continue to monitor Government guidance and CitySport members will be contacted directly if there are any changes.

What to remember if you are on campus

As we work together to keep our City community safe, if you do need to come to campus, please ensure you continue to follow all health and safety regulations. These include wearing face coverings unless you are exempt, washing or sanitising your hands regularly and social distancing.

Please ensure you read the signage on campus and watch this short video.

If you feel unwell, please ensure you stay at home and let your School know. You can find further information here.

What you will need for studying online

To help you make sure you have everything you need to study online, we have put together a checklist of equipment and technology you will need to access for studying online. If you’re having problems accessing any of the software listed, please contact our IT team for support.

If you are not able to access any of the hardware mentioned or don’t have access to WiFi or 4G, we may be able to support you with money or vouchers towards the costs of these items through our Digital Inclusion Fund. You can find out more about the Fund and the eligibility criteria here

How we will support you

Our teams across the University are available to support you remotely, via telephone, email and Microsoft Teams or Zoom appointments. Whatever your concern or query, one of our teams can help you, including our International Student Advice team for any visa queries and our Accommodation team for queries about your halls of residence.

You can find out how to get in contact with many of our services on the Student and Academic Services page and find out more about support at City here

The Students' Union Reception and Online Shop will be closed, however the SU are still here to support you. You can contact them via email.

Please continue to look after yourself and keep in contact with your Course Office