Information for Students
The University entered “Crimson” phase on 23 April, meaning imminent danger had passed and work shifted focus towards safe reopening, but you should know that your help, cooperation, and patience is 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.
We regard our support for our students as essential, but we need daily updates from you about your condition, physical and mental, and your location, and to know if and when this has changed or - in the event that you are planning to travel home - when it is likely to change. We want to do all we can to equip you with the right information and equipment as efficiently as possible.
What we need you to do:
Other measures in place
Measures started in March 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 sprays remain in place at the Porters' Lodge, the Dining Hall, the Ashby Library, the Anthony Low Bar, the Gillian Beer House (Richard Eden Suite), and the gym.
Social distancing has become the norm, and one-way systems are being implemented (June) to increase predictable movements while reducing unnecessary contact between individuals. The College catering service has operated a successful takeaway system for several weeks. Laundry facilities have been free-at-the-point-of-consumption (i.e.: coin operation has been removed) since the end of March to reduce surface transmission. PPE (masks, gloves, predominantly) are in regular use by the skeleton staff on site, and bespoke packs containing a pair of gloves and a mask are being organised via the Porters’ Lodge for placement in shared residences for use in emergencies. Staff members will also carry one sealed set of PPE for use in a medical emergency, to protect themselves as much as a patient.
In preparation for the reopening of College, up to fifteen individual properties are being cleaned and made ready for returning students. Others are being invited to return to box and/or remove their belongings, in a phased and controlled manner.
Things you can do
Very simply, read Reopening Clare Hall after Covid-19 Lockdown. 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.