COVID Safety at Herts

Following latest Government updates, we have updated our guidance. Read below to see what the University is doing and what you can do to help.

Face coverings

From 27 January following the Government’s announcement, face coverings are no longer mandatory in University buildings, but please wear one if you wish to. You don’t need to wear a face covering in teaching rooms, when walking around campus or in communal spaces. However, the Government does suggest face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings, particularly with people that you don’t normally meet. We strongly support this guidance to keep our Herts community safe and to limit the spread of the virus.

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. Classrooms continue to be well-ventilated, and as we approach winter, we would suggest making sure you're dressed appropriately, perhaps with an extra layer.

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.

Testing

We ask all students, staff members and visitors to take a COVID-19 test before coming to campus.

Those who are fully vaccinated and are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for seven days to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Adults who have had one vaccine and unvaccinated adults must self-isolate for ten days if they're a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 – Omicron or not.

You can order rapid lateral flow home test kits from your local pharmacy or the Government website. We also have testing kits that can be collected from main reception on both campuses, but there is limited stock.

If you're unable to do a test at home, you can get a rapid lateral flow test at a local community testing site anywhere in England. Just search your postcode on the Government’s website and it will show your nearest testing site and available slots. Book a test locally.

Find out more about COVID-19 testing and what to do if your results are positive.

Your wellbeing

If you're feeling anxious, 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, Student Space, or our 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 guidelines

If you test positive on a lateral flow test you're no longer required to do a PCR test to confirm. Instead, you should report your test result on the government website and begin self-isolation. You must self-isolate for five full days and provide a negative lateral flow test on day five and six of your isolation. If you still test positive, stay in isolation until you've had two negative tests taken on consecutive days, or after ten days. Please report your test result on the Government website and notify the Dean of Students team.

If you test positive for COVID-19, close contacts and members of your household who are fully vaccinated should take a lateral flow test every day for seven days. You can continue to attend classes unless you have symptoms. Adults who have had one vaccine and unvaccinated adults must self-isolate for ten days if they're a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 – Omicron or not. If they test positive, they should report their test result on the government website and begin self-isolation.