St John's College Oxford
Please find the latest advice regarding Coronavirus below

Page Last updated: 09.03.2020 - Italy now classed in Category 2.

Advice and updates from The University of Oxford

Please visit the University Coronavirus advice and updates page (updated regularly)

Advice for Upcoming Events

In response to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are asking all visitors to St John’s to follow coronavirus protocol and to ensure that they wash their hands following Government guidelines.We would also ask visitors to note that friends and colleagues may not wish to use the usual forms of greeting but do not mean to cause offence. We suggest that the usual forms of greetings are kept to a minimum.

Please see the following important information regarding Upcoming Events from The College.
(update: 09.03.20)

If you have any concerns, please contact

Information for College Members

At this time of year, viral respiratory infections such as colds and influenza are very common in the community within the UK. Unless staff or students have reason to believe they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, they should manage these as they usually would.

Everyday measures everyone can take:

  • Washing your hands regularly - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available - especially after taking public transport;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin;
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

  • before leaving home
  • on arrival at the College
  • after using the toilet
  • after breaks and sporting activities
  • before food preparation
  • before eating any food, including snacks
  • before leaving the University.

Hands should be washed using soap and water for 20 seconds.  If employees are unable to access hand-washing facilities, then they should use sanitiser.  They should also avoid touching their faces.

The following guidelines inform our existing policies:

Practically speaking, this means:

  • if someone is presenting with the symptoms, or has been to/in close contact with someone who has been to one of the high-risk areas (as defined by the Government website) in the past 14 days, they should call 111 and seek medical attention
  • they should self-isolate if instructed by medical staff
  • they should report their absence to their line manager (as per the sickness absence policy in the staff handbook – sick leave will then be paid)

We will be following the staff handbook policy for caring for those who are sick and dealing with domestic emergencies (which follows the ACAS guidance and the University’s policy).  Paid leave will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

College members can find out more on our Intranet here
(requires SSO login - only accessible within the University network, to access from outside please use the Oxford University VPN Service)