Last updated 19 July 2021

*AS FURTHER GUIDANCE IS ISSUED THESE FAQS WILL BE UPDATED, PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THIS PAGE*

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Where in College do I still need to wear a face covering after July 19th?

This table indicates the areas in College that still require the wearing of face coverings, broken down by broad member categories of staff, Fellows, and students.

Group Areas Face Mask
Staff Dining Hall Seated to Eat No
Staff Single Office No
Staff Shared Office if more than 1m apart No
Staff Outdoors No
Staff Meeting Rooms – individual use No
Staff Inside a household Yes
Staff Indoor Common Areas – shared with students (CR, Library, Music Room) Yes
Staff Dining Hall Queue Yes
Staff Shared Office if less than 1m apart Yes
Staff Moving around college – corridors/toilets/post room Yes
Staff Meeting Rooms – group Yes, unless all participants in agreement to remove mask
Fellows Dining Hall Seated to Eat No
Fellows Single Office No
Fellows Shared Office if more than 1m apart No
Fellows Outdoors No
Fellows Meeting Rooms – individual No
Fellows Indoor Common Areas (SCR) Yes, unless all participants in agreement to remove mask
Fellows Dining Hall Queue Yes
Fellows Shared Office if less than 1m apart Yes
Fellows Moving around college – corridors/toilets/post room Yes
Fellows Meeting Rooms – group Yes, unless all participants in agreement to remove mask
Students Dining Hall Seated to Eat No
Students Outdoors No
Students Meeting Rooms – individual No
Students Inside a household No
Students Indoor Study Areas (Library, Luizio Study Space, Norfolk Library) Strongly recommended but not mandatory if more than 1m from others
Students Indoor Social Areas (CR, MPH CR, Small CR) Strongly recommended but not mandatory if more than 1m from others
Students Dining Hall Queue Yes
Students Moving around college – corridors/toilets/post room Yes
Students Meeting Rooms – group Yes, unless all participants in agreement to remove mask

 

 

Shared spaces and facilities

Please, continue to follow guidance and be respectful of those around you, especially remembering to wear your face covering whenever you are in a shared indoor space or corridor.See also: how to manage the study spaces and what to do if you can’t book one.

In all shared spaces and facilities, you must remain 1m from anyone else and wear a face covering at all times. Please, wash your hands before and after using a shared space. If you arrive at one and it is already full to capacity, you must not enter. 

    Across Site

    Any one using spaces in St Edmund’s must comply with the face covering and social distancing requirements of those spaces at all times. While it is not mandatory in all spaces, you may also wish to continue wearing a face covering in spaces that do not require it to put other users of those spaces at ease. For more information, see this resource on face coverings from the University.

    The rule of six / 2 household rule no longer applies indoors.

    Grounds

    • Groups – College members and residents may meet outside in groups. They must maintain strict social distancing of at least 1m from anyone not in their household and be mindful of other people also using the outdoor space.
    • Guests – College members and residents may host guests in the outdoor spaces of the College only. Guests may use indoor toilet facilities. Guests are allowed into the CR when the Bar is closed.
    • Sport – Formally organised outdoor sports can restart (and have done so at St Edmund’s). Organised outdoor sports will not be subject to the gathering limits but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies. If you wish to enquire about re-starting formally organised outdoor sport, please contact the Senior Tutor in the first instance: senior.tutor@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk.
    • Outdoor gym – max. capacity 5. Cleaning materials and hand sanitiser provided.
    • Badger, Deer, and Fox Pavilions in the Orchard – max. 6 people or 1 household.
      • Badger – max. 6 individuals
      • Deer – max. 4 individuals
      • Fox – max. 4 individuals
    • Millennium Garden Marquee – gatherings are permitted subject to social distancing of 1m. Outdoor events by arrangement only through the Conference Office / Head of Operations. There are no longer any restrictions on the capacity of this space, only the requirement that social distancing of 1m be maintained.
    • Barbecue / BBQ – BBQs may be booked through the online booking system. Other than BBQs for cooking, no fires are allowed in the College grounds.
    • Outdoor educational events by arrangement only through the Conference Office/Head of Domestic Operations, case-by-case.

    Norfolk Building

    • Combination Room (CR) – Gatherings permitted up to ca. 30 people, subject to 1m social distancing. There are 28 seated spaces and gatherings will be assessed by crowding / social distancing rather than strictly by numbers. Guests may use the CR but only when the Bar is closed.
    • Small Common Room – max. 6 individuals. Face coverings compulsory. St Edmund’s members only.
    • Edspresso – closed.
    • Bar – due to re-open on Friday 21 May. Take-away only; NHS contact tracing is in place. St Edmund’s members only inside the Bar & CR, but guests are permitted outside.
    • Dining Hall – max. 16 queueing maintaining 1m+ distance. Maximum capacity 50 people seated and eating. All tables and chairs will be cleaned before and after service. Anti-bacterial station set up for our members to wipe down any surfaces before sitting to eat. Take away continues as usual. Maintain 1m distance from anyone not in your household. Face coverings compulsory unless seated and eating.
    • Huddleston Room – max. capacity 8, maintain 1m distance, bookings for pre-arranged meetings only. Face coverings compulsory at all times. Download and complete the booking form and email it to conference.coordinator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk.
    • Okinaga Room max. 8, maintain 1m distance, bookings for pre-arranged meetings only. Face coverings compulsory at all times. Download and complete the booking form and email it to conference.coordinator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk.
    • Norfolk Study Library – max. 10  people for private study in allotted spaces only.  Face coverings are strongly encouraged but are not compulsory if social distancing of 1m+ maintained at all times. St Edmund’s members only. No requirement to book seating.
    • Students’ Post Room – max. 1 person, restricted space, knock before entering. Face coverings compulsory.
    • Fellows’ Post Roommax. 1 person, restricted space, knock before entering. Face coverings compulsory.
    • Teaching Room 1 – open for individual or group study, max. 2 people. Social gatherings are not permitted. Book via Reception: email reception@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk, call 01223 336 250, or book in person. Face coverings required unless all participants are in agreement to remove them.
    • Teaching Room 2 – open for individual or group study, max. 6 people. Social gatherings are not permitted. Book via Reception: email reception@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk, call 01223 336 250, or book in person. Face coverings required unless all participants are in agreement to remove them.
    • Chapel– open for private prayers. Book a place at Mass each Sunday by emailing Fr Ed in advance at dean@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk. The services will continue to be livestreamed via the College Facebook page.

    Library

    Book stacks are to re-open, following University Library and other wider policies. No quarantining of books will be required. There is no longer any need to book spaces.

    • Luzio Study Space (Level 4) – max. 17 people for private study during opening hours (8:45am-midnight). Face coverings are strongly encouraged but are not compulsory if social distancing of 1m+ maintained at all times. St Edmund’s members only. There is no longer any need to book a space.
    • Library Level 3 – max. 2 individuals for private study during opening hours (8:45am-midnight). Book stacks are to re-open. Face coverings are strongly encouraged but are not compulsory if social distancing of 1m+ maintained at all times. St Edmund’s members only. There is no longer any need to book a space.
    • Terry McLaughlin Room – open for individual or group study, max. 4 people. Social gatherings are not permitted. Book via Reception: email reception@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk, call 01223 336 250, or book in person. Face coverings required unless all participants are in agreement to remove them.
    • Michael Murphy Room – open for individual or group study, max. 4 people. Social gatherings are not permitted. Book via Reception: email reception@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk, call 01223 336 250, or book in person. Face coverings required unless all participants are in agreement to remove them.
    • Gym – closed.
    • Music Practice Room - max. 4 individuals. St Edmund’s members only.
    • Garden Room – bookable in line with social distancing requirements: maximum capacity of 40 individuals if 1m social distancing maintained at all times and face coverings are strongly encouraged but are not compulsory. Attendance at events in this space is likely to be conditional on a providing evidence of a negative lateral flow test with 24 hours of the event.
    • Grand Pianos – pre-booking online through booking system or through Conference Office (conference.coordinator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk). Face coverings compulsory. St Edmund’s members that are registered music users only.

    Mount Pleasant Halls

    • MPH Common Room
      • Open Area – 12 individuals. Face coverings are strongly encouraged but are not compulsory if social distancing of 1m+ is maintained at all times.
      • Booth – 1 individual or 1 household per booth. Face coverings are strongly encouraged but are not compulsory if social distancing of 1m+ is maintained at all times.
    • MPH Meeting Room – open for individual or group study, max. 4 people. Social gatherings are not permitted. Book via Reception: email reception@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk, call 01223 336 250, or book in person. Face coverings required unless all participants are in agreement to remove them.
    • MPH Laundry Room – max. 2 person, restricted space, knock before entering. Open 24/7. Ironing board & iron stored at MPH Lodge and available for signing out.
    • Erg Space – available for training to Boat Club members only (6 people max.).
    • Weights area – max. 6 people. St Edmund’s members only. Booking no longer required.

    Laundry Facility

    • Laundry Room – max. 3 individuals. Open 24/7. Face coverings compulsory.

    Bene’t House

    • Bene’t House Meeting Room – max. capacity 8 individuals, 1m distance, bookings for pre-arranged meetings only. Face coverings required unless all participants are in agreement to remove them. Download and complete the booking form and email it to conference.coordinator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk.
    • SCR – max. 6 people. Face coverings required unless all participants are in agreement to remove them.

    Can I still visit College if I live in private accommodation?

    Yes! We are pleased to confirm that St Edmund’s students living in private accommodation can continue to visit College to use the Dining Hall and shared spaces, in the same way as students living in College accommodation.

    Do I need to take a COVID19 test before I travel back to Cambridge?

    Students are encouraged to test before they travel back to university, where community testing facilities are available to UK based students. If you are travelling from abroad, you will be required to get a negative test result before travelling to the UK from abroad.

    COVID-19 testing if quarantine is not required:

    The University’s Asymptomatic Testing Programme offers individual tests for anyone returning to College, if arriving more than 3 days away from the next pool asymptomatic testing day. Weekly pooled testing (min 2 students, max. 10 per pool) for private accommodation = Monday swab day, College accommodation = Wednesday swab day. If you would like access to an individual test, or to sign up for the weekly testing please email domestic.operations@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk. We will double-check that you qualify and will look forward to signing you up.

    COVID-19 testing if quarantine is required:

    Please, read our full information on quarantine here. After your quarantine period, if you are not already signed up to the weekly asymptomatic testing but want to be, please, email domestic.operations@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk. We will double check that you qualify and will look forward to signing you up.

    How do I prepare for a possible period of isolation?

    College is keen to help you prepare for a possible period of self-isolation. You may be wondering how best to prepare for 10 days at home. Please, take a look at the guide below for some tips on what you should think about.

    It also includes information on how to evacuate safely while in self-isolation, in the event of a fire alarm.

    College support for students in isolation

    Please call Reception on 01223 336250 with any updates on your isolation: if you go into isolation, if you receive a test result (positive or negative); or if you develop symptoms.

    Please download and read the isolation guide for full details of how College can support you while you are in isolation. This support is available to you if you are unwell, test positive for Covid-19, or are isolating due to a housemate or close contact being unwell/testing positive.

    Isolation guide – College accommodation

    Isolation guide – private accommodation

    Please prepare in advance for a possible period of isolation. E.g. keep supplies of food and medication, identify some supporters who would be able to help you by fetching groceries, etc. College and the CR are working hard to support students in isolation, but we have limited capacity. So, the more that individual students are able to be self-sufficient and arrange support among their peers, the more we will be able to provide support for those who most need it.

    Information about Covid-19 symptoms

    Please keep yourself up to date with advice from PublicHealth England.

    Check the symptoms of Covid-19 on the NHS website

    If you are not sure whether you have Covid-19 symptoms, use the NHS 111 coronavirus symptom checking service.

    What do I do if I develop Covid-19 symptoms?

    If you experience COVID-19 symptoms you must follow these steps:

    1. Self-isolate. Do not leave your room and household.
    2. Call Reception 01223 336250. They will run through some questions with you to check if you have what you need.
    3. Your household will need to isolate too. College will tell them this, but it makes sense for you to tell them as well.
    4. Take a test either through the University Testing Process or an NHS-approved test. 
    5. Complete the University’s COVID-19 monitoring form.
    6. Read the support and guidance materials sent to you by the COVID-19 helpdesk.
    7. If you will miss face-to-face teaching, let your department and supervisor know that you are self-isolating.

    What do I do if my housemate develops Covid-19 symptoms?

    If a member of your household or someone living with you in family accommodation becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms, the whole group must go into household isolation for 10 days. If you live in College accommodation, you will be notified of this by College. If you live in private accommodation, your housemates should inform you of this directly. (And you must inform them if you develop symptoms and they need to isolate.)

    Mental health and pastoral support

    The College Counsellor offers consultations via Skype/Zoom or telephone, and all current students can continue to access these, even if you are currently studying remotely due to coronavirus. For full details please visit www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/cbccounc/Edmunds.

    You can contact your tutor via email. Check who your tutor is here: https://camsis.cam.ac.uk

    The Dean is happy to talk to any student who wishes to discuss any matter with him: dean@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk.

    It is important for us all to be mindful of the Wellbeing of ourselves and those around us at this difficult time. There are some really useful resources surrounding Wellbeing available on the University website, here.

    College visitor policy

    The current guidance means that it is possible to host the following visitors:

    • Non-residential members of College (e.g. students living in private accommodation who wish to use the Dining Hall, study spaces etc)
    • Guests of College residents, in line with the policy below
    • Students of other Colleges visiting for academic events (e.g. supervisions)
    • Formal Visitors invited by college, staying in guest bedrooms (2 week minimum stay)
    • Those assisting residents with moving in or out of accommodation – max. 2 helpers per person.
    • Registered College visitors

    Visitors must observe the following when present on site:

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    • No access to any area other than those needed to fulfil the purpose of the visit.
    • Current government and local College guidelines to be followed at all times.
    • Organisers of non-residential academic events must provide the Conference Office (conference.coordinator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk) with a list of names of people attending 24 hours prior to the scheduled start.

    Visitor policy for students living in College accommodation

    Inviting friends into the grounds

    All residents may invite guests to meet with them outside in the College grounds. Guests may enter the Norfolk Building in order to use the toilet facilities, but are otherwise not permitted to use indoor facilities with the exception that they can come into the CR when the Bar is closed.

    Inviting friends into accommodation

    • Self-contained accommodation (studios, flats, maisonettes)
      • Overnight stays by guests are permitted for 1 overnight guest at a time and the guest must be pre-registered with Reception (email reception@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk to register). If they have not been pre-registered, this will be seen as a disciplinary matter.
      • Day visits by guests are permitted indoors, and the rule of six / two households no longer applies.
    • Shared accommodation
      • Members of St Edmund’s College can now visit one another inside shared College households. Indoor gatherings are no longer subject to the rule of six.
      • Overnight stays by guests in shared accommodation may be permitted in exceptional circumstances. Email tutorial@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk to request permission.

    Catering 

    Details and opening times can be found here: http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/dining. Find the weekly lunch and dinner menus on the intranet. Full details about our St Edmund’s College catering app can be found here: http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/st-edmunds-catering-app

    If you are worried that someone is violating the guidelines

    If you witness someone violating College social distancing guidelines, please follow this three-step process:

    1. Speak to them directly if you feel safe doing so, and ask them to observe social distancing. Ensure that you speak in a polite and constructive way at all times. If you are challenged, you should in turn be polite and constructive. The social distancing rules are there to help keep all of us safe.
    2. If you do not feel safe speaking to the other person directly, or if you have spoken to them and they continue to violate the guidelines, please report the situation to Reception on 01223 336250. You will need to let Reception know where the problem is, and what is occurring. The Reception staff will come and investigate the situation, and if social distancing guidelines are being violated, they will require people to move apart and potentially return to their rooms.
    3. In the very unlikely event that a student refuses to cooperate and continues to put lives at risk by violating social distancing guidelines, Reception staff will take the students’ names and will report the incident to the Senior Tutor immediately as a disciplinary issue

    If the student is from another College, please also follow the above procedure. Reception or Tutorial staff will contact the relevant College if escalation is necessary.

    Disciplinary procedures during Covid-19 restrictions

    All members of College need to continue to comply with the College regulations as expressed in the Statutes and Ordinances and Blue Book. During the COVID-19 restrictions and until further notice, disciplinary meetings will take place through online for a rather than in person.

    What type of household am I in?

    See the College webpage on households for information about different types of households, and what you need to do depending on which type you live in.

    Information on quarantining in College accommodation

    Please refer to the quarantine page on the College website for information on preparing for quarantine, and support available during your time in quarantine.

    How can I support someone who is quarantining?

    You may visit someone in quarantine to drop off food or supplies but you MUST NOT enter their household. You should check on their well-being and let them know if you’re dropping something off either through a window or by knocking on their door. Leave the items outside the door and ask them to allow 5 minutes before opening the door to allow you to leave.

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