Government announcement: restrictions to be lifted as part of Step 4

July 6th, 2021

The Prime Minister has expressed confidence that the majority of Covid restrictions will be lifted on July 19 as the country moves to Step 4 in the roadmap. This will be confirmed on Monday July 12.

The university will continue to follow Government guidelines and we await the detailed advice for Higher Education settings, now expected next week, which we will use to inform any lifting of the Health and Safety measures we currently have in place.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Long will then write to all staff and students with details of how this guidance applies to them and what it will mean for working practices now and in the new academic year.

Until Monday 19 July, staff and students are reminded to continue to follow the current rules, including wearing face coverings, maintaining handwashing and social distancing. Those coming on to campus should ensure they take an asymptomatic Covid test at least once a week. Those who experience any Covid symptoms should isolate, notify the university and book an NHS confirmatory swab test.

The university also continues to support the roll out of the vaccine and is encouraging all those who can to take up the offer of the vaccine. Two doses are needed to ensure the vaccine is most effective but they don’t have to be taken in the same location.

You can find out more about booking a vaccine and other FAQs here.

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