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The government has announced the end of COVID-19 restrictions in England, and we have now received official guidance on what that means for our University. COVID-19 will now be treated the same as other infectious diseases, such as flu.

Official guidance

Keeping you safe

Face coverings and vaccinations

You can now choose whether or not to wear a face-covering on campus. We expect all students and colleagues to respect the personal choices of other individuals who may prefer to continue to wear a face-covering.

We also encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already done so as it is the best way to protect yourself, your friends and family, and our University community.

If you are registered with a GP, you can book your free appointment through the National Booking Service website, or by calling 119.

If you are not registered with a GP, you can still request to book your Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

Procedures and guidance

We have carried out a comprehensive risk assessment as a key part of our recovery planning and have also implemented strict social distancing guidance to keep our campus safe. Read the full documents below, along with additional safety procedures and guidance.
More information for staff on the HR Unity pages

Events

There are no limits on the size of events or social gatherings, and there is no need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or test status as a condition of entry.

Please note we will continue to monitor the situation, and we may reintroduce measures such as the wearing of face-coverings if advised to do so by local public health teams in the future.

Testing and reporting

Testing

There is no requirement to take regular lateral flow tests before coming onto campus.

Lateral flow test kits are no longer supplied to universities, so we are unable to provide these to students and colleagues. Test kits are still available from community collection centres.

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) kits

What to do if you test positive

From Thursday 24 February, you are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you receive a positive test result. Instead, you are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days.

Colleagues should follow this advice and inform their line managers of their sickness absence in the normal way.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 and are unable to attend on-campus teaching sessions, should inform Student Wellbeing.

Reporting Coronavirus symptoms

We continue to monitor Covid-19 across our University and staff and students are encouraged to report any Covid-19 cases so that we can support you both during your illness and in your recovery.

Students: should report any Covid-19 cases, or direct any questions, to studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk

Staff: should report any Covid-19 cases to their line manager and a questionnaire should be completed to assist with monitoring. Where staff are able to work from home, they should still complete the questionnaire in conjunction with their line manager. Once complete, line managers should email the questionnaire to studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk

Symptoms and advice

Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • High temperature
  • New, continuous cough
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Advice

We continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the World Health Organisation and would encourage you to refer to these websites for the most up to date information.

If you have any concerns, please contact studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk, or for medical advice contact NHS 111.

We will continue to keep this website updated with the latest information and notify students and staff of any key developments.

The University has followed guidance from local health teams and Government as we implement our return to campus plans for the new academic year. The information presented on this page is therefore subject to change and we recommend that you regularly check back for the most up to date information.

Page last updated: 13/06/2022

Further information

If you have any concerns, please contact studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk and for medical advice contact NHS 111