Hey hey sorry I was on leave today and only just got back from a medical appointment in Bristol (whew, the M5 is nasssty atm)
Anyway, saw the email went out: great news! Saw it was very long and a little complex so here's a TL:DR
(also sorry I couldn't share some of the below earlier, some of it - like the PHE data was confidential until shared by uni!)
So, main biggie is the University are asking you NOT to go INTO other students houses atm.
- Yes, you can go home
- Yes, you can meet other households in public places (stay under 6)
- Yes, you can go to work
- Yes, children can go to school if you have them
- Yes, you can go to non-student houses
- Yes, you can form a support bubble with one house if you live alone
- Yes, you are free to go to places of worship and attend religious ceremonies
- Yes, you can attend non-uni educational sessions such as driving lessons etc.
- No, I’m so sorry, you can’t go to your partner’s house if they are a student (but you can meet them in public)
Im a bit wiped from being prodded and poked, and the drive so definitely missed something so ask me questions if you have any!
The Basics Behind Decisions:
- Track and trace data is showing that the majority of Exeter student cases are happening at house parties.
- There is no evidence of transmission to the wider community
- The University promised Public Health England that they would do something to tackle this
- The University have asked you to stop going to other student houses.
- There has been a further rise in cases since this, but it could be down to the fact the university are privately testing us quicker than the NHS are testing people
- Because of the rise the University are setting up a temporary testing centre on Streatham campus and rolling out testing to staff family, too.
- There is no evidence of transmission from seminars and so are continuing face to face teaching (although please record your seat number in classes to help with trace and trace)
- Public Health England as asked the University to remind students who work to make sure their employers are carrying out the correct risk assessments. You can still go to work!