Heathfield Guidelines on Covid-19

Updated 24 November 2020.
Based on current government guidelines and subject to change.

Every year, students get freshers’ ’flu as they mix germs from different regions.
This year could be more serious, and the new guidelines are legally enforceable.
So please read these guidelines carefully.

For the purposes of government guidelines on staying Covid safe, your flat (A, B, C, D, E or F) is your household.

Christmas COVID regulations for all students

The regulations issued by the government on 13 November can be found here.

In summary:

  • You should stay at your term-time address until the end of the current lockdown period on 2 December
  • If you decide to travel home, you should do so during the ‘student travel window’, between Thursday 3 December and Wednesday 9 December 
  • EXCEPTION: Do not travel home if you have tested positive for COVID or have been instructed by test and trace to self-isolate
  • If you develop symptoms or receive instructions to self-isolate while travelling, you should self-isolate at home for the statutory period.

Regulations for the 2020 lockdown period ending 2 December 2020

1. Your flat is your household. You must not leave or be outside your home except for one of the following specific permitted purposes:

  • for education
  • for work
  • for exercise
  • for a medical appointment
  • for shopping for necessities

2. No visitors are allowed indoors or in the private gardens

3. Minimise the time spent outside your home. Businesses and other venues have been instructed to close to reduce social contact. Please do not undermine the effect by going to unauthorised vehuese or illegal gatherings.

4. Use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the premises. Clean your hands often for 20 seconds.

5. Wear a face covering in indoor settings where 2 meter social distancing is difficult.

6. “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.” Tissues should be disposed of into one of the rubbist bags provided. Then wash your hands.

7. Take turns to use the communal spaces: the Heathfield Centre, the laundry, the Studio, and the Garden Room, and confined spaces such as corridors, kitchen and toilet areas. Clean the area before using it.

8. Only use the toilets and showers in your own flat. Do not use the toilets in the Centre or the staff toilet next to the laundry.

9. Keep the premises well ventilated.

10. You must not move back and forth between your permanent home and your student home during termtime. You should only return home at the end of term for Christmas.

General COVID advice for Heathfield

As a Heathfield resident, please …

  • respect all Heathfield residents and our staff
  • use hand sanitiser regularly
  • wash your hands regularly
  • self-isolate if you feel unwell and report it to Sarah or David
  • keep a social distance from other households (that includes residents in other flats)
  • if it’s not OK, say.

We have …

  • carried out a risk assessment
  • installed sanitiser on entry/exit
  • increased regular communal cleaning
  • displayed clear messaging about staying Covid safe
  • removed the shared hand towels in the toilets: please remember to take your own and use that – or use the hand sanitiser provided in each of the toilets and wash your hands in your room
  • made the washing machines and the dryer free to use
  • provided disinfectant spray in all the kitchens  – please use them regularly

Outside Heathfield …

  • only go off-site if you have a good reason (supplies, going to uni)
  • stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone outside your household when outside your home
  • always wear a face covering in shops, on public transport, and in crowded places
  • from 24 September, download and use the NHS COVID-19 tracing app to support community safety

When you walk into Heathfield …

Always use the hand sanitiser provided before

  • tapping in the code for the internal Reception door
  • checking your post box

If you have visitors …

  • always record them on the visitors’ sign-in sheet; information on the visitor sign-in sheets will be retained for 21 days for track and trace purposes
  • (from 24/9) ask them to scan the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app QR code displayed in Reception, in the Centre, and in each flat kitchen
  • ensure that your visitors do not push the numbers of any social gathering above the legal limit of six
  • if a visitor comes into your flat, ensure they respect social distancing at all times
  • limit the number of different visitors you receive over time to reduce risk

Once you are inside Heathfield …

  • go straight to your own flat, unless you are taking a
    visitor to the garden or the Heathfield Centre
  • wash your hands
  • put anything you brought into the building with you in your own room, or into your kitchen cupboard
  • if you have been in a crowded place off-site, consider changing your clothes, washing them, and showering
  • it’s fine to socialise with people from other flats, but in any flat other than your own you are a visitor so please respect social distancing
  • open windows to ensure good ventilation, especially where you are in a group of people, and …
  • … expect to have to wear an extra sweater to keep warm!

Shared kitchens and bathrooms

  • in addition to the weekly visit from our housekeepers, it is your shared responsibility as a group of flatmates to keep the common spaces in your flat clean, now more than ever
  • we recommend that you agree a rota to include all residents of the flat, and ensure that the work is fairly shared between everyone so that each person can feel comfortable and safe
  • in the kitchen, avoid sharing cutlery and crockery: you may wish to keep the items you use in your own kitchen cupboard, but if not, be very careful to wash everything you use very thoroughly before you put it away
  • in addition to regular cleaning, use the disinfectant provided to clean the kitchen surfaces and the tables before and after you prepare your food (you can ask David and/or Sarah for more disinfectant at any  time)
  • wherever possible, socialise with other residents and/or visitors in larger, ventilated shared spaces (the garden, the Heathfield Centre)

Stay well. Remember …

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth unless you’ve just washed your hands
  • check the symptoms on the charts above if you feel unwell
  • tell us promptly if you are worried about any symptoms you are experiencing
  • ask to use our forehead no-contact thermometer if you think you have a fever
  • if you get ill, check with David and/or Sarah whether you need to stay at Heathfield or can go home – it will  depend on the local Covid ‘tier’ in force at the time
  • we will look after you if you are ill

Remember: You can spread the virus even if you do not have any symptoms. Always keep yourself and others safe.

You will find below a selection of informative graphics.

Is it safe?
Infection (red circles) and how to stop it (green squares)
The power of social distancing