Protect our Community. Protect the Vulnerable. Protect Yourself.

Information for College members can be found at Coronavirus updates
(please note: you need an SSO account to access these pages)

As of Monday 19th July St John's will continue to follow the University guidelines on face coverings inside buildings and social distancing in light of the currently high COVID infection levels in Oxford. This will be reviewed in the coming weeks. 

The health and safety of all who study and work here is our highest priority, and we will all need to make adjustments to the way we live and work.

In particular, you are asked to:

  • Catch coughs or sneezes with a tissue
  • Bin the tissue
  • Kill any bacteria/viruses by washing your hands regularly with soap and water, or use a sanitizer gel.
  • Wash your hands (or use sanitizer) when you enter a building, and especially after contact with surfaces and handles
  • Wear a face covering when in shared areas and in proximity with other people, in accordance with the University’s face covering policy
  • Avoid touching any part your face
  • Remain in your work area and avoid moving about between areas/buildings within College
  • Avoid gathering in corridors, staircases, entrances, exits, and lifts/elevators
  • Give way to others if you meet in a narrow space
  • Keep your distance from other people, at the safe physical distance recommended by the government (indicated on signs around College)
  • Obey any restrictions, such as safe distance markers for queueing
  • Only hold meetings for essential business, and online in the first instance. If you must hold them in-person:
     o   Limit numbers to essential members only
     o   Hold them outdoors, or if that is not possible, in a well-ventilated room, while maintaining physical distance
     o   Arrange to sit side-by-side rather than face-to-face
     o   For external meetings: minimise non-essential travel for work purposes
  • Stagger your breaks to ensure dining areas are not overloaded

If you or anyone in your household shows coronavirus symptoms, you must stay at home and follow the government’s advice on self-isolating

  • The three main symptoms that NHS guidance asks you to look out for are high fever, a new continuous cough and loss of taste or smell
  • Staff and students that show possible symptoms should book a test using the University’s in-house testing service
  • SSO is required and users must be on the University network, eduroam or VPN to book a test

Read the St John's College risk assessment here