Living with Covid-19
From 24 February 2022, England moved into the next phase of the Government’s Covid-19 response named ‘Living with Covid-19’. This means the remaining legal restrictions have been removed with some residual recommendations to protect people most vulnerable to Covid-19 in some settings. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the College has considered the Government’s response, assessed the local situation and made decisions which are in the best interests and the safety of staff, students and visitors at the College. The College has moved in line with the national response. Key points include:
- Removal of the guidance for staff and students in education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing;
- Removal of the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test;
- Adults and children who test positive continue to be advised to stay at home;
- No longer asking fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, and the removal of the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate;
- Ending routine contact tracing. Contacts are no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. Staff, children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home;
- End the legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate.
We have all got very used to various practices during the last two years and the College asks that you continue these as appropriate. For example, if you are experiencing cold-like symptoms but feel well enough to come into college, maintain good hand hygiene practices and be mindful to minimise the close contact you may have with others.
The College will adhere to Government guidelines through a risk-based process. this aims to identify potential risks and introduce control measures to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses. The risk assessment, available here, has been jointly written by the College’s health and Safety Manager, the Senior Leadership Team, and the recognised trade unions.