Lockdown 2.0 at BU


We’re now into our second national lockdown, the first to classify university as essential travel. Do you know what you can and can’t do?


What Facilities are Still Open

Unlike the first lockdown last term, both BU campuses remain open with safety measures in place. You may travel to campus for in-person classes if you have any. Also libraries, study spaces and the open access labs remain available. Please check on booking and other safety measures before you go in. 

However, Sports BU will remain shut over the lockdown period. Dylan’s is also closed but some on-campus take away options remain open. 

You may continue to use these in-person facilities if you follow the safety guidelines and as long as you haven’t shown signs or tested positive for COVID-19.


Unless there is an emergency situation, you must stay where you are until after the 2nd of December when we await lockdown to be lifted. Note, there is expected to be a period of time allowing students who remain in their term time addresses to return home for the holidays, but only after the end of lockdown 

BU student accommodation remains open, including Reslife support for students. 

National Restrictions

For the most recent national restrictions visit the government website.

From the 5th of November until the 2nd of December you will not be allowed to leave your house except for:

  • Work and volunteering that can not be done at home 
  • Essential activities (including essential shopping, to go to the bank, or to access critical public services)
  • Fulfilling legal obligations 
  • Education (including university) 
  • Childcare
  • Caring for others
  • Permitted events (such as funerals)

You may also go outside to exercise or visit a public space alone, with your household (including your support bubble) or with one person from another household. You cannot visit anyone’s house or private garden except for special circumstances.


If you think you may have symptoms, check the NHS website for more information. If you test positive for Covid-19, you must inform the university and follow the latest guidelines on self isolation.

If you’re worried about your mental health during lockdown, there are a variety of free well-being services available through the university.


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