Coronavirus

Queen Mary Covid Code

An at a glance guide

Introduction

The Queen Mary Covid Code sets out the behaviours which we should show towards each other when on campus. The main point to bear in mind is that we are all responsible for ensuring our own safety and that of others. To this end, this Code is intended to provide a practical single guide to our behaviours as we continue to live with Covid-19.

Read our essential guide on what to do if someone presents with COVID-19 symptoms.

Before Entering Campus

Checklist of COVID-19 symptoms

  1. Please keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 advice from Government
  2. Please make sure you are aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you have any signs or symptoms that could potentially be COVID-19, please follow Government advice on booking a test and self-care. You should also notify the University by emailing staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk (for staff) or studenthealth@qmul.ac.uk (for students) and complete the Queen Mary contact tracing form that will be sent to you after submitting your notification. If symptoms are mild, and you feel able to work/study and can work/study from home, then please discuss and agree this with your line manager/academic adviser.
  3. If these symptoms develop while you are at work/study, please go home and take care travelling home keeping as physically distant from others as possible, and wearing a face covering if you have one with you. If you need assistance whilst on campus, call 0207 882 3333 from your mobile and state what assistance is required.
  4. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you must alert the NHS through either NHS 111 or via your GP and engage in the test and trace process.

While on campus

On 12 July 2021, the UK Government confirmed the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions from 19 July. While this is a welcome step towards normality, we must all remain cautious and vigilant. The following behaviours are drawn from the updated University risk assessment, which we will keep under review, taking into account our operational activities and working closely with Government and our local Directors of Public Health.

  • Using face coverings on campuses inside buildings is no longer mandated by Government. However, for the well-being of all our students and staff, we encourage you to continue to wear face coverings when moving around inside buildings on our campuses if they become crowded
  • Students and staff who prefer to continue wearing a face covering are welcome to do so. This is a personal choice which, in line with our University values, we all respect.
  • If there is no air-conditioning in the room, you can open windows and doors to improve ventilation if it would make you feel more comfortable.
  • Maintaining good hygiene can help reduce the spread of respiratory diseases including Covid-19. We recommend you wash your hands regularly and follow the Government’s ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ advice.
  • Please follow all University updates on health and safety, any specific requirements for spaces such as laboratories, and any procedures in place for booking spaces including desks and study areas

Containing any confirmed cases

If a member of the Queen Mary community is diagnosed with COVID-19, they should inform the University (email studenthealth@qmul.ac.uk (for students) and staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk (for staff)) and to the NHS quickly so that we can help the individual and act to contain the spread.

To make our track and trace procedures as robust as possible, staff and students should follow all registering and recording requirements, using signing-in methods where they exist. Where they are able to, staff and students should also download the NHS COVID-19 app and use it as required where QR codes have been posted in campus venues.

If you have any questions

We are here to help you. If you have any questions please contact either studenthealth@qmul.ac.uk (for students) or staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk (for staff).

Overall, keep yourself safe and you will help others to stay safe.