Keeping Covid-secure, face coverings and social distancing

This guide sets out current guidance about using campus, face coverings and social distancing.

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An instructional video showing students, staff and visitors how to be Covid-secure at Goldsmiths.

Face-coverings on campus

Wearing a face covering is one of the key ways of preventing the spread of Covid-19. If you are able to, you should make wearing a face covering part of your everyday life.

This includes on campus. We expect students, staff and visitors to wear a face-covering across all of our campus unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering. This is for the safety and respect of others.

This includes:

  • During an in-person learning session, for example, a tutorial
  • In the Library and self-study spaces
  • In shared office space if you cannot maintain 2 metres distance from colleagues
  • In shared spaces like corridors
  • In outdoor spaces, if it is busy and you cannot maintain distance from people

There are some exceptional situations where you do not need to wear a face-covering on campus:

  • If wearing a face-covering impacts the teaching and learning taking place during an in-person learning session
  • If you cannot wear a face-covering due to a disability or long-term condition
  • If you are working in a single-occupancy office
  • If you are in a shared office, can maintain 2 metres distance from colleagues and your work requires you to be able to talk more freely – for example if you are using the telephone regularly
  • In outdoor spaces if it is not busy and you can maintain distance from people

There might be situations when you or others around you are unsure about whether to wear a face-covering while on campus. This is understandable and the issue can be complicated. As a general rule, you should look to wear a face-covering unless you are exempt or in one of the exceptional situations outlined above.

Free face coverings are available at each reception across campus in case you have forgotten yours.

A face covering is something that safely covers the nose and mouth. This can be a purpose-made covering or a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering, but these must fit securely around the side of the face.

What to do if you can't wear a face covering

There may be good reasons why someone is not able to wear a face covering due to a disability or other long-term condition.

Goldsmiths supports the Sunflower campaign to highlight non visible disabilities. This is to signal discreetly to others that you may need extra assistance, rather than that you are exempt from using a face covering per se.

We are encouraging those who can't wear a face covering to use a Sunflower card or lanyard. We also have a face covering exemption card, available from the main reception in the Richard Hoggart Building.

Please be sensitive to those unable to use face coverings for whatever reason and behave respectfully towards all members of the community at this time.

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Check-in using the NHS COVID-19 App

We are asking all students, staff and visitors to use the NHS COVID-19 App to check-in on campus.

There are QR codes on posters across campus, scan these using the 'Venue check-in' in the App to check-in to buildings and spaces within them.

The App also has the option to be used for contact tracing. If you enable this, it will log other app users near to you. If any of those users test positive for Covid-19 you'll receive an alert with advice.

Full information on the NHS COVID-19 App and what it does is at:

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Social distancing on campus

Current guidance on maintaining distance on the Goldsmiths campus is: 

  • When moving around campus, keep two metres apart wherever possible 
  • Where this isn't possible, maintain a distance of 1.5 meters, with risk mitigation measures in place. This includes, but is not limited to wearing of face coverings 
  • There are floor markings and signage to help maintain social distancing.
  • Lift usage is restricted to one person at a time, so please queue if you need to use one. Ideally, lifts should only be used by those who have difficulty using stairs or those carrying heavy objects 

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NHS Covid-19 testing on campus

Staff and students who are accessing campus should be tested each week. How to get a test.