Tuesday 3 November 2020
UG and PGT student email
Staying in York during lockdown
We have had questions from some students about whether or not you can leave your term time home to go elsewhere before, or during, lockdown. I know how bewildering and overwhelming all of this can seem.
So I am writing to let you know that we have, just this afternoon, received updated government guidance. That guidance is really clear in requesting that students should not leave their term-time address before 5 November, or during the period of lockdown from 5 November up to 2 December.
You can read the full guidance here and my teams are now working through all of this, so we’ll publish further updates on what we are doing to comply with this guidance as soon as we can.
It is important to also consider the context that the city of York remains in Level 2 (High), so even before Thursday 5 November, the current guidance also asks that students shouldn’t move from one household to another.
For most students, this means we are requesting that you stay in York until the end of the lockdown period.
There are some exceptions to this:
if you have formed a support bubble with another household (this can only happen if either you or they live in a single adult household)
if you need to provide or receive care
to access medical care
for compassionate reasons.
The reason that the Government, and the University, are asking you to follow this guidance is to protect you, your families and your community - here, and at home - and so that the lockdown is as effective as possible as quickly as possible.
The University continues to offer face-to-face learning opportunities on campus and we encourage you to participate as fully as you can. During this time, you can socialise with everyone in your student household and you can still meet with one friend at a time outside your household in outdoor locations.
We will be announcing further measures to provide welfare and social support to help you through this extraordinary period. But please for now we ask that you stay in York.