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Covid and campus expectations

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Covid and campus expectations
by Katy Willis - Monday, 19 July 2021, 9:03 AM

Good morning all,

As we reach 19 July, it’s worth a reminder of the latest government guidance. Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July - GOV.UK (

It’s also worth a reminder of the case rate in Plymouth, which is growing fast - as of 17 July it was 614 / 100,000, ahead of the UK which is 393/100,000 people. Please stay vigilant, keep outside where you can, keep windows and doors open and keep practising rigorous hygiene measures.

Key points for us are below and this is the link to the full guidance: Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July - GOV.UK (

What to do on campus:

  • Face coverings: Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. At Marjon we expect you to wear face coverings in our service areas such as the shop and restaurant, and recommend this when walking inside on campus too.
  • Get tested: We expect you to get tested twice a week if you are accessing campus. Get LFD tests at pharmacies, at our Welcome desk, or at the PCR test centre in the Sports Centre car park. Upload your results using the link on the NHS covid app, and attribute them to Marjon. (Note as some are struggling with this, I’ll write and share a guide to this shortly.)
  • Stay outside or let fresh air in.
  • Check in on campus using the PowerApps app.
  • Social distancing: There is no longer a requirement to stay two metres apart from those you do not live with, but many people will expect this. We strongly recommend you respect personal space to avoid insult or illness.


More details:

  • Minimise number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • If you have symptoms, do not come to campus, and get a PCR test.
  • Isolate if you are positive or when asked to, due to being a close contact. Note the change to the law if you are fully vaccinated is not in effect until 16 August. 
  • Remember even if you are fully vaccinated, those around you may not be. You can still catch and spread covid.
  • There are no limits on the number of people you can meet, but please remember that meeting outdoors and maintaining distance will be a good deal safer than meeting indoors.
  • If you are planning face to face meetings, please meet outside if you can or book rooms in which you can maintain social distancing. This is easy in the coming weeks with large empty teaching rooms.

In particular, please consider the impact if your whole meeting were required to self-isolate or were ill.

  • Self-isolation remains the law if you test positive or are asked to isolate. From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case. You will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
  • You will also be exempt from self-isolation from 16 August if you are under 18 and a contact of a positive case. As with adults, you will be advised whether a PCR test needs to be taken. If you are 18 years old you will be treated in the same way as under 18 year olds until 4 months after your 18th birthday, to allow you the opportunity to get fully vaccinated.
  • To get a covid pass, you need to download the NHS app. (This is NOT the test and trace app – as that app is not linked to your medical records.)
  • If you’ve been unable to upload your LFD results, try updating your NHS covid app in your app store. This then links to the right place to upload your results. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email, or feel free to email me as well. 

Stay safe all,