Following the announcement of the national lockdown earlier this month, and the risk of increased transmissibility by the new strain of COVID-19, we’ve been reviewing current health and safety control measures.
We’ve updated our face covering guidance which includes a change about how they should be used in the Library. You’re now expected to wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) throughout the duration of your visit, even when sat at your assigned desk.
This is the only change we’ve made to our current safety measures in the Library so the rest of our previously published guidance remains the same.
The Library is designated as a ‘common area’ along with other spaces on campus as there is a relatively high number of different people using the space each day.
During the Autumn Term and the start of this year some people, understandably, were forgetting to replace their face covering when moving around the building. Due to this, and as the current transmissibility of the virus is heightened, this additional safety measure will help minimise the risk for all Library users and staff.
Please comply with the new guidance and the existing measures to help us keep you and our staff safe so that we can continue to provide effective library services through this time. Our staff have been working throughout the pandemic to provide a vital service to support you. Please show them the respect they deserve and comply with their instructions – they are there for your safety.
Breaches of our guidelines are being taken very seriously, and may result in fines and/or expulsion from Halls and/or the University, in accordance with our University disciplinary procedures
We will, of course, keep our policy under review and adjust it as necessary in the coming weeks and months, in line with the wider situation.
Your Library team