Update on use of face masks on campus

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Changes on campus

From Monday 7 March, while face coverings will no longer be mandatory in most spaces, we will be strongly recommending face coverings in all crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Please continue to show kindness to those who do wish to wear a face covering, and keep your distance if asked.

In some spaces the use of face coverings will continue to be mandatory, this will be made clear to you in advance and is likely to be a teaching space where close contact is required, in some lab settings, and in settings that mirror practice, such as healthcare spaces.  Please continue to bring a reusable face covering with you when you are on campus; limited supply will continue to be available at Poole House and Bournemouth Gateway Building receptions only. 

Safety measures in place

A range of safety measures remain in place across our campuses, including enhanced cleaning and ventilation. We are continuing to ask all members of the BU community to regularly wash hands and test regularly when coming onto campus. Test kits are still easily available online and remain free until 1 April.

In order to keep our community as safe as possible, anyone who has symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19 should continue to self-isolate until they are no longer infectious. This can be for up to 10 days from when your symptoms start. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after five days. You can do a lateral flow test from five days after your symptoms started (or the day you had the test if you do not have symptoms) and another the next day. If both tests are negative and you do not have a high temperature, you're less likely to pass Covid-19 to others and you can go back to your normal routine. If your test result is positive on day five, you can carry on doing lateral flow tests each day until you get two negative test results in a row.

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