Quite simply – Stay at home and stay safe
As the situation regarding the coronavirus continues to develop, we wanted to update you with regard to the government’s guidelines for how to stay healthy and keep others safe.
The updated advice from the UK government, as of 26th March 2020, is that you must stay at home, unless you are going out for food, health reasons, or going to work in one of the essential industries identified by the government. Only have close contact with people that you live with. When outside, maintain a 2 metre (6 ft) distance from other people.
Ensure that you wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, especially when you have come back from being outside as this has shown to significantly help with the prevention of contracting the virus.
We understand that isolation can be challenging, but at this stage it’s prohibited to invite people that you don’t live with to your room as this is an easy way to spread the infection. We would encourage students to maintain contact with family and friends via on-line media channels such as Facetime, Google Hangouts or other similar communication tools.
It is important, when possible, to take exercise and get some fresh air and the government is allowing people to go outside once a day for exercise, such as a walk, jog or cycle. They are asking that you should do this alone, or with those you are directly living with, but not meet up with friends or family while you are doing it.
Collegiate has taken the step to not allow non-residents to enter their buildings for the time being, as a precaution and to keep residences and the public safe. However, your building manager will continue to provide you with help and support, should you need it. We want to make sure residents feel completely at ease about this potentially anxiety-inducing situation, so if you have any questions or concerns for them, make sure you get in touch.
We understand that these are challenging times and the frustrations of being isolated in your rooms. During the crisis, it is important to keep an eye on your mental health as studies have shown that social interaction, and spending time outside, are extremely important for good mental health. We would encourage you to maintain contact with friends and exercise, following the guidance outlined above.
By following these rules you are helping to limit the spread of the infection, and limiting the strain on the NHS. You are also helping keep elderly and vulnerable people safe, and in turn saving lives.
One thing to remember is that everybody is in the same situation together. It is important to keep busy and many people are suggesting it could be an opportunity to start a new hobby, like learning how to cook different meals, start watching a new TV show, learning a new language (here are some tips!) or developing an exercise routine. Keeping busy is important!
With any luck the situation will quickly improve as the public adheres to these new guidelines.
For the full list of guidelines, visit the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others
For information regarding your tenancy, Collegiate have answered commonly asked questions – head to COVID-19 – Coronavirus – Your questions answered to read about the action that Collegiate are taking.