Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

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What to expect when visiting Clare Hall

Clare Hall retains high standards in preventing Covid-19 transmission or infection. Regardless of your reason for visit, all are reminded of the following measures in place:

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or are in receipt of a positive test, you must stay away from shared areas in College.

  • Facial coverings. The use of facial coverings is requested indoors unless eating or drinking, or unless medically unable. More detail on College policies, including use of facial coverings, may be found here.
  • Hand cleaning. Use of the many hand sanitisers around College is strongly encouraged, as is regular washing with soap and water.
  • Surface cleaning. Use of surface sanitisers – placed in high-touch areas – is encouraged before and after use.
  • Ventilation. College aims to ventilate all shared areas during periods of high use to further reduce Covid-19 transmission.
  • Distancing. Keeping a minimum of 1m between people at all times is encouraged.
  • Bookings. Certain areas or events require named bookings to be made prior to attendance. A booking sheet for shared facilities is here.
  • Testing. Use of LFT / PCR testing prior to entering College or attending events is strongly recommended and encouraged on a regular basis.

Please read the Clare Hall Covid Code of Conduct on the College’s updated principles in meeting the objectives to: minimise the transmission, reduce the risk to all College members and visitors from unnecessary exposure to Covid-19, and act in compliance with current national direction or guidance.


Information for students

Over the past year, the College has adapted variously to the Covid-19 pandemic with good success; however your help, cooperation, and patience is still very much needed. We still want to make sure that we can provide the best possible practical assistance and pastoral support for all of our students for whom Cambridge is likely to be home over the coming weeks and months.

Within Clare Hall, supporting our students is essential, but requires effective two-way communication. The Porters’ Lodge remains the first point of contact for all queries, and is integral in communicating with students both in isolation and in shared houses to ensure their continuing health and safety.


Other measures in place

Measures started in March 2020 have been continued or expanded: student residences continue to be supplied with hand soap and other cleaning products, to encourage more regular hand washing and mindfulness regarding basic hygiene. NHS 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It' posters have been placed strategically around the College, also to remind users of the simple but effective measures they can take in limiting the spread of many common diseases. Virucidal hand sanitisers are also placed around College in high-touch and high-footfall areas.

Social distancing has become the norm, and one-way systems persist, at least around Main Site buildings. The College catering service has operated a successful takeaway system for nearly a year. Laundry facilities have been free-at-the-point-of-consumption (i.e.: coin operation has been removed) since the end of March 2020 to reduce surface transmission, and washer-dryers have been installed in shared student houses. PPE are in regular use by all on site, with more available for emergency use in shared buildings.


Things you can do

Please read our Domestic Bursar's Weekly Update.

Additionally, you can read Reopening Clare Hall after Covid-19 Lockdown. It is a live document, subject to frequent update, aiming to be a single point of information for all College users. It contains a broad overview for everyone to know what the College is planning, what is expected of them, and to predict the next steps towards full reopening. Continue to exercise the same level of caution over inter-household mixing, and feedback to the Domestic Bursar those elements which are working well, and those which you feel need development.

Please do not hesitate to contact the College with any queries or concerns you may have. Your continued cooperation and calmness are greatly appreciated.


Further links

Clare Hall COVID-19: Risk Assessment

Wilson Vale - Clare Hall On-Site Caterers COVID-19 Risk Assessment