Keeping safe on campus, face coverings and social distancing

This page sets out current guidance about face coverings and social distancing on campus.

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An instructional video showing students, staff and visitors how to use the Goldsmiths campus safely

Face coverings on campus

In line with the UK government's advice, people should wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and where they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet. 

Face coverings are strongly encouraged on the Goldsmiths campus.  

Current guidance on wearing face coverings on campus

Goldsmiths guidance for those on campus is: 

  • Face coverings are now strongly encouraged on campus, both inside buildings and when moving around campus
  • A face covering is something which 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 round the side of the face.
  • You may have your own face coverings which you are welcome to use. The College will provide two washable ones upon request to departmental administrators. Face coverings will also be on sale in campus shops
  • Face coverings should be worn during classroom teaching, where two metre distance cannot be achieved. There may be instances where students may need to see the mouth to access teaching and learning. The College will provide either face visors or full height Perspex screens with clear panels to departments to support communication 
  • Where identified as a mandatory requirement for particular roles through risk assessment, Goldsmiths will provide face coverings or masks to staff 
  • Wearing a face covering all day may be uncomfortable. If you are alone in a room, or outside and with plenty of space, we encourage you to take breaks from wearing your face covering 

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
  • Spaces like Cafe Thirty Five
  • Curzon Goldsmiths
  • Goldsmiths CCA

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. The floor markings will help tell you which direction you can walk when moving around campus
  • 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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Rule of six - meeting in groups on campus

It is against the law in England to meet socially in a group of more than six people.

This does not include educational settings. This means more than six people can attend lectures, seminars and work in labs and offices providing they follow social distancing.

It does apply to groups elsewhere on campus like cafes and outside areas. For example, if you were already a group of six friends meeting on College Green no one else could join you. If there were two groups of six friends on the Green they could not join together.

Read more about meeting safely with other people in our guide.