Due to the increasing number of Covid infections, including within the College, the Union has decided to take a number of steps to reduce the risk of Covid impacting on our members and staff ahead of the Christmas break. This is particularly because close contacts of anyone infected with the new variant, Omicron, are required to isolate for 10 days regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. This would impact on people’s plans to spend Christmas with family or friends, as well as those who are travelling for their holidays.
The measures we are taking
We will postpone the "Step into Christmas" club night on 10 December. We will get in touch directly with those who have purchased tickets to organise refunds.
Union staff will move to working from home from Thursday 9 December. Staff are still available to deal with your queries remotely.
We will work with clubs and societies to help them consider their own activities and how to minimise risk to those taking part in line with College guidance. We will ensure the College is able to provide advice and support in relation to these planned events.
Our shops on Sherfield Walkway will remain open until 15 December, with online orders being fulfilled until 21 December. Our bars will remain open until 18 December as planned. We will be operating as table service only - customers must remain seated and use the app to order, in order to reduce the risk of transmission.
Our Advice Centre will remain open until 17 December as planned, operating remotely.
Our Helpdesk is now closed and will re-open on 4 January. Our inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be monitored until 5pm on Friday 17 December.
The Union offices and building will close on 22 December until 4 January, as planned. Further information on opening dates and times will be on our website, in case you need to access or store equipment.
What you can do
To help reduce the risk of Covid spreading at the Union please ensure that you are following College guidance on mask wearing and Covid testing, this can be found here.
We understand that many students will have concerns, the measures we are taking are to minimize potential risk of disruption to holiday plans, so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable break. They are not in response to any known cases of Omicron within the Union.
The situation with Covid is constantly evolving and guidance from both government and the College are subject to change, sometimes without much notice. The College’s COVID pages are a good source of information and they also have a comprehensive set of FAQ’s and latest guidance for students.
You can also keep up to date with the latest Government Covid 19 Guidance.