Important changes to face covering advice

Dear student 

In response to concern over the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 new restrictions have been introduced by HM Government.

Face coverings will be compulsory in shops and on public transport in England from Tuesday.

While it is very reassuring that cases within the University remain low, we are concerned that this picture could change quickly if this new variant is proven to be more contagious than previous variants. Many staff and students are already wearing a face covering on campus, but now is the time to act together.

In response to the latest public health information and as a precautionary measure to help protect each other and our ability to continue in-person teaching, from today all staff and students are now strongly advised to wear a face covering when moving around inside buildings on campus or are in a communal area (such as a corridor).

You are also encouraged to wear a face covering wherever appropriate, and guided by your lecturer, in teaching sessions. For example, if you are working in close proximity to others you may be specifically advised to wear face masks in these circumstances.

You may remove your face covering if you are: 

  • Medically exempt 
  • Eating or drinking  
  • Are seated  – for example, sitting at a desk when you are in the library.   

It will be a legal requirement to wear a face covering in the campus shop.

The scientific data tells us that face coverings are a simple and effective way of reducing transmission and protecting our community – especially the most vulnerable. 

Please also continue to take the important precautionary measures below: 

  • Stay at home if you are unwell 
  • Get your vaccination or booster vaccination if you are eligible and have not already done so. For your nearest vaccination centre, see here. The on-campus, vaccination walk-in centre will be open on 7, 14 and 21 December. See further details.
  • Take regular lateral flow tests if you are coming onto campus. You can collect free test kits from the Accommodation Hub on the St. John’s campus. Always report your result.      
  • If you test positive for Covid-19, self-isolate immediately and report your result on your SOLE page

We know how much students value their in-person, on-campus teaching. By acting responsibly now, we will increase the likelihood that we can continue this key element of the Worcester experience during the months ahead. 
Throughout the pandemic we have remained a Covid-19 cold spot and an educational hot spot by following the science and taking sensible action based on the best evidence available. 

Please continue to look after yourself and each other and together we will all do our best to get through this winter safely. 

Dr Tim Jones

Acting Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Students)
Head of School, School of Psychology