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Covid-19 Plan B Rules for England

You have probably heard the government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Covid-19 Plan B Rules for England

 

You have probably heard the government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Please read the following carefully so you know what this means for Brunel Students regarding new laws - how they will affect you, and what you must do. 

 

  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings*

 

  • From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so

 

  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption

 

We want you to be able to enjoy your last week of term safely, so there will be requirements in place to allow the party to carry on in line with Government laws in England.

 

To visit The Venue from next week, you’ll be required to provide proof of one of the following:

 

  • Covid Pass QR code proving double vaccination

  • Proof of negative test 48 hours before an event (e.g.: if an event is on Friday at 10pm you must take and record your test result between 10pm on the Wednesday before and 10pm on the day of the event)

 

Access to a Covid Pass is available to NHS registered students, who have been double-vaccinated, through the NHS App. If you don’t already have the NHS App installed it can take up to 24 hours to complete registration, so be advised to download it as soon as possible. Search for “NHS App” on Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

 

Lateral Flow Tests are readily available across campus at the following locations:

 

  • Eastern Gateway main reception

  • ATS Centre, currently located in the Eastern Gateway

  • Sports Centre reception

  • Distribution Centre

  • Brunel Pathway College

  • Residences Reception Concourse Hall

  • Security

  • Heinz Wolff Psychology TPO

  • Student Union Reception

 

These rules become law on Wednesday 15th December, but don’t leave it until the last minute. Try and get everything in place by Monday 13th. Get yourself set up on the NHS app this weekend or grab some LFT tests for you and your mates. 

 

Most importantly of all, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you’ve had one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

*The rule regarding face coverings required by law in most indoor settings includes:

 

•           shops and supermarkets

•           shopping centres

•           post offices, banks, building societies, credit unions

•           estate and letting agents

•           premises providing personal care and beauty treatments 

•           pharmacies

•           retail travel agents

•           takeaways without space for consumption of food or drink on premises

•           public facing funeral offices

•           community centres (including village halls), youth centres, members clubs and social clubs

•           libraries and public reading rooms

•           polling stations and premises used for the counting of votes

•           places of worship

•           visitor attractions and entertainment venues 

•           public areas in hotels and hostels

•           adult entertainment venues

•           indoor areas of open-air sports stadiums

•           public transport

•           any car or small van during a professionally delivered driving lesson, a practical driving test, or during one of the practical tests for giving driving instruction, and in all HGV lessons and tests

•           transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)

•           motorway service areas

 

A full list of indoor settings can be found here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

 

For full guidance and updates please visit the UK Government website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

 

Getting Vaccinated

If you can get vaccinated, please do, and stay at home and self-isolate if you have symptoms or test positive for Covid-19. Please report a positive case using the internal track and trace form. The guidance on self-isolation has also changed for people who have been in contact with a confirmed case of the new variant. If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace services please follow the relevant guidance.

Vaccination is an important step in reducing the likelihood of serious illness if you catch Covid. With the rising case numbers of the omicron variant, which appears to be highly transmissible, it’s more important than ever that we do all we can to protect ourselves and our community.

For anybody still working on campus or living in the local areas, a new public Covid-19 vaccination hub has now opened at Hillingdon Hospital, and there are plenty of appointments available – either book online or walk in. The hub is open between 8.30am and 7.30pm, seven days a week.

The hub is located on Pinewood Ward at Hillingdon Hospital and can be accessed via a dedicated external entrance through the car park just off Royal Lane, so there is no need to go through the main hospital building.