Keeping Covid-secure, face coverings and social distancing

We can all help reduce the spread of Covid-19 by taking simple actions when using campus.

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

Face-coverings on campus

The government has removed the requirement to wear face-coverings in law, but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where people may come into contact with people they don’t normally meet.

With this in mind, we are providing all students, staff, visitors and contractors who arrive without a face-covering and who are able to wear one, with a complimentary face-covering to be worn indoors on campus, particularly where social distancing cannot be maintained. We also welcome those on campus bringing and wearing their own face-covering.

How to get a face-covering on campus

Complimentary face-coverings are available from reception desks at the front of:

  • Richard Hoggart Building
  • Deptford Town Hall
  • Loring Hall/Accommodation Management Centre
  • Caroline Graveson Building

General principles

All students, staff, volunteers, visitors and contractors coming into our buildings are expected and recommended to:

  • Wear a face covering in communal spaces, especially where physical distancing is difficult – for example, corridors, lifts and building entrances and atriums
  • Wear a face covering in busy environments, where physical distancing is difficult such as:
    • Lecture theatres and seminar rooms
    • Library
    • The Refectory and Café Thirty Five
    • Goldsmiths CCA
  • Feel comfortable and able to wear a face mask in any space not listed above, and be supported in making that choice


Whilst the expectation is that face coverings are worn, we acknowledge there will be circumstances where exceptions apply such as but not limited to:

  • If you are eating and drinking in the café areas
  • Staff, whilst delivering pedagogic content or participating in seminars or workshops may remove their face covering temporarily, as long as others in the room are not concerned about this
  • Students are asked to wear face coverings during all taught sessions on campus, especially when the recommended number of people to maintain social distancing in a room is exceeded, except in the event of interacting with the lecturer temporarily if and when they are invited to do so and if wearing a face-covering makes this difficult
  • Students who may have access needs or experience significant discomfort may ask others in the room, including staff, if they may remove their face covering to better support their learning
  • When working at a desk while maintaining social distancing and when all other mitigations are in place, including an established ventilation standard
  • In any of the outdoor spaces
  • If wearing a face-covering impedes the ability to complete a job or task (please confirm this with Health and Safety)
  • If you have any health conditions affected by wearing a face covering
  • If you are a visitor under 12 years

Advice on wearing face-coverings

Face-coverings should be worn over both the nose and mouth. Cloth face-coverings or disposable masks will be suitable. Cloth face-coverings should have at least two layers of fabric and be regularly washed

Clean your hands before and after touching your face-covering – including to remove or put them on.

Where a face-covering becomes damp, it should not be worn, and the face-covering should be replaced.

You may consider bringing a spare face covering to wear whilst on Goldsmiths, premises if your face-covering becomes damp during the day.

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

Goldsmiths supports the Sunflower campaign to highlight hidden disabilities.

This is to signal discreetly to others that you may need extra assistance, rather than you are exempt from using a face-covering per se, but its use in the context of a face coverings expectation is part of a collective and inclusive atmosphere of health precautions.

We encourage those who cannot 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 consider whether or not to advise an appropriate person or service of any extra precautions or protections that should be put in place for you, to ensure safety and wellbeing.

Social distancing on campus

Please be mindful of others when moving around campus and try to keep two metres apart wherever possible.

When this isn't possible, you should keep at least 1.1 metres apart, and we encourage everyone who can to wear a face-covering.

There are floor markings and signage to help you move around. Keep to the left of corridors.

Lift usage is restricted to one person, 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.

Please remember that many of your fellow students and staff members may feel more comfortable if you keep your distance from them.

Wash your hands regularly

There are hand sanitiser dispensers throughout our buildings.

Use these when you enter a building and regularly as you move around. Or wash your hands with soap and water.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Where provided, use wipes to clean desks and study spaces after you have used them.

Keep rooms ventilated

Where possible open the windows of the room you are in to help with ventilation.

Our air conditioning units will be switched on to assist with the airflow.

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 'Check in to a venue' 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: