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Coronavirus update: New restrictions in place for London from 17 October

The UK government announces new restrictions will come into force in London from 17 October.

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Protecting health

We wanted to let you know that the UK government has announced that from Saturday 17 October, new restrictions will come into force in London, known as Tier 2 (High).

We will continue to deliver some small group teaching, including clinical and lab-based sessions on campus and all lectures and classes will be carried out online as we have been doing. Students can continue to come to campus for their scheduled on-campus teaching or pre-booked activities or services.

Staff can continue to come to campus as required for teaching, research and essential services as previously agreed with your line manager. All other staff should continue to work remotely.

The health, mental health and wellbeing of our community is our priority. We ask you to continue to be vigilant of the measures we have put in place across our campuses, in line with government guidelines, to protect the health of our community and those around us.

We know there is a lot of information here but we want to make sure that students and staff are familiar with the new restrictions and what it means for our community. Government information on the local COVID alert levels is available on the GOV.UK website.

Changes to the rule of six
The rule of six has been extended by law to include only meeting indoors with members of your household or support bubble.

You can continue to mix with people outdoors (including in a garden or a park) but you must not meet in a group more than six, and you must follow safe distancing rules.

Educational activities are exempt from this and from the restriction of households mixing indoors such as attending classes on campus and for work.

If you live in a King’s Residence
Households cannot mix with others indoors by law. Each flat in a King’s residence is treated as a household which has been the case since the start of the academic year for those living in our accommodation.

If you live in private accommodation
Households should now not mix with others indoors by law.

 

Important information about other services

 

  • King’s Sport gyms – we expect our gyms to remain open as they have been with the appropriate safe distancing and other measures in place. They will be reviewing how they comply with the measures to ensure for only six members of the same household or support bubble mixing.
  • King’s food outlets – we expect our food outlets to remain open as usual with the appropriate safe distancing and other measures in place. They will be reviewing how they comply with the measures to ensure only six members of the same household or support bubble are at a table.
  • KCSLU Activities – KCLSU bars will continue to comply with closing at 22.00 and other existing measures. They will be reviewing how they comply with the measures to ensure only six members of the same household or support bubble are at a table.

 

What students and staff need to do if they experience symptoms of coronavirus or test positive

  • If you experience coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate at home and do not come onto campus.
  • You must let King’s know immediately by completing the King’s self-isolation form so we can support you.
  • Request a test immediately through the NHS.
  • You will need to self-isolate if you experience symptoms, receive a positive test or are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace, the university, King’s Residences or KCLSU.

More information is available on our managing the virus and taking precautions webpage.

We know that these continue to be unsettling times for everyone in our community and we thank everybody for playing their part to protect themselves and others. We will continue to keep you updated of any changes in government guidance and what that means for our students and staff. Please keep checking the website for updates.