COVID Safety at Herts

From 19 July 2021, the Government eased the COVID-19 restrictions and moved to the last step of the roadmap. Following this, while we have removed social distancing requirements, there are still several safety measures in place across our campuses and we ask that our Herts community continues to be respectful and kind to each other.

We all have a personal responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe. Read below to see what the University is doing and what you can do to help.

Ventilation

Letting fresh air into indoor spaces can help remove air that contains virus particles and prevent the spread of COVID-19. At Herts, we have improved our ventilation throughout our shared spaces and encourage students and staff members to open windows where possible.

Cleaning

We will continue to maintain our enhanced cleaning regime on campus, which includes:

  • daily cleaning every weekday
  • additional hand sanitisers
  • focusing on key touch points such as door handles, stair rails and lift buttons
  • public health information/posters.

Hand washing

Please continue to follow Government advice and wash your hands regularly to maintain hygiene standards. There are also hand sanitiser dispensers around campus.

Face coverings

Although the Government has lifted restrictions, we encourage you to wear a face covering when moving around our campuses in indoor and crowded spaces, such as the LRCs, corridors, teaching rooms, food outlets, and shuttle buses.

We have a limited number of free face coverings available from main reception on both our campuses if you require one.

Testing

We ask all students, staff members and visitors to take a COVID-19 test before you come to campus. The University is hosting two testing options on our campuses.

We have our Rapid Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Centre in the Chapman Lounge on College Lane. This is for students and staff who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Pre-booking your test is essential.

You can also collect rapid lateral flow home testing kits from both campuses and you can also order rapid lateral flow tests from the Government website.

Find out more about testing and what to do if your results are positive.

Your wellbeing

It's very normal to be feeling anxious and unsettled at the moment. But we have a range of resources available for students.

You can book to speak to our counsellors, mental health wellbeing advisor or student wellbeing advisor.

You can also get advice and support from Hertfordshire Students’ Union or Student Space, and you can even speak to the University Chaplain. Don’t forget there are lots of things for you to get involved in as well on our Facebook page and on the Active Students website.

Self-isolation support

It is very important that people with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result stay at home and avoid contact with other household members as much as possible. If you are self-isolating you should not leave your home unless there is a medical emergency or a fire alarm. View the latest Government guidance on self-isolation.

If you have been told to self-isolate, check out the advice and support that the university has for you