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COVID - INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE

 

PUBLISHED: 23 March 2020

LAST UPDATE: 23 October 2020

 

IMPORTANT - LATEST UPDATES FROM THE UK GOVERNMENT CAN BE SEEN HERE

 

IMPORTANT - LATEST LOCAL UPDATES FOR LIVERPOOL

(Liverpool City Council coronavirus page can be seen here)

(Liverpool Express, Liverpool City Council's website for latest news is here)


Liverpool City Region - Tier 3 COVID Restrictions

 

The entire Liverpool City Region has been placed into the highest alert level of the government's new three-tier intervention system of local COVID alert levels. The tier 3 'very high' level of strictest restrictions are for areas with a very high level of infections, and can vary, however there are a number of restrictions that will be in place at a minimum. The new restrictions, in place from Wednesday 14 October 2020 will be reviewed monthly and include:

 

* Not socialising with anyone who is not in your household or support bubble in any indoor setting (including halls of residence) or private garden, or most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events

Not socialising in groups of more than 6 in outdoor public spaces such as parks or a public garden

* Pubs and Bars must close, unless they can operate as if they were a restaurant (serving substantial lunchtime or evening meals) and only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Restaurants that operate in a COVID secure way can remain open

* Gyms, leisure centres and select other venues will close where agreed with between government and local authorities

* Universities will remain open, although you must follow the guidance and rules from your university

* You should only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travel to work/campus, getting food or medicines or for health and wellbeing related reasons

* You should avoid travelling outside of the Liverpool City Region or staying overnight in other parts of the UK unless this is for work, education, accessing youth services or to meet caring responsibilities

* Students should avoid travelling to their permanent home outside of the Liverpool City Region

 

Students should also follow any specific guidelines that have been put in place by your landlord, letting agent or private halls provider.

 

Existing national measures such as the Rule of Six and 10pm hospitality curfew will also remain in place.

 

You can view further information published by Liverpool City Council, including a series of FAQs here.


Face to face teaching delivery update - Semester 1

 

The University of Liverpool announced on 8 October 2020 that face to face teaching will now be limited to essential delivery for courses in clinical, laboratory and other practice-based disciplines. Other courses have been moved online for the rest of October, with immediate effect, and following a review on 23 October, these changes remain in place until at least 6 November 2020, where it will be reviewed weekly. This follows decisions by Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University to also temporarily move the majority of face to face teaching online.

 

You can see a joint statement by the universities in Liverpool here.

 

For the latest updates for each institution, please see below:

University of Liverpool 

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

 

The announcements have prompted students to contact us about their tenancy agreement, and you can see more information in our FAQs


Campus COVID-19 test centre 

 

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can book a test at the university's test centre on campus, which has been set up next to Peach St car park on the University of Liverpool campus. The test centre is open 9am-5pm every day.

 

It has been confirmed that University of Liverpool and LJMU students and staff will be able to get a test, with results being processed by Liverpool Clinical Laboratories and available by text message within 24 hours. Full details, including important information and a campus map can be found here.



LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATES (Government guidance for landlords and tenants)


Three-Tier Intervention System - Local COVID Alert Levels

 

A new three-tier system has been introduced by the government, and comes into effect from Wednesday 14 October 2020. Local COVID alert levels of medium, high and very-high have been created to help local authorities manage outbreaks in their area. As part of each alert level, universities will remain open, however as per the guidance from Liverpool City Council, university students must follow the specific guidance and rules set by their respective institution (click here for latest updates from your university).


New 'rule of 6' measures introduced

 

The UK government announced new measures on 9 September 2020 to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down, following a sharp increase in cases in the UK over recent weeks. The new measures come into force in England from 14 September 2020 and mean you must not meet with other people from different households socially in groups of more than 6. If you do you will be breaking the law, and the police will enforce this, with powers to disperse, fine and arrest those who fail to comply. The refreshed guidance on social contact can be viewed here.

 

Please see some key points for students below:

 

* Students living in a shared property will class as a single household. In student halls of residence, each individual cluster flat or studio will count as separate households

* If you are using public transport to travel between your accommodation and campus, you must wear a face covering

* If your single household or support bubble is larger than 6, you can still gather, but you will not be able to socialise with anyone from outside your household in any indoor or outdoor settings

* Education settings are not affected by this new law, however you should familiarise yourself with the measures that will have been put in place on campus by your university

* Venues and hospitality settings following COVID-19 secure guidelines will be able to continue to host more people, however you should not visit in a group of greater than 6. You must avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know, and must provide your contact details to be contacted if needed by Test and Trace.

 

The Prime Minister also made the following appeal, directly to university students:

 

‘Of course, many university students are in the age bracket where we have seen the infection rates rise recently. My message to students is simple. Please, for the sake of your education and your parents’ and your grandparents’ health: wash your hands, cover your face, make space, and don’t socially gather in groups of more than 6, now and when term starts’

 

You can read the full statement delivered by the UK Prime Minister here.


Tougher restrictions to crackdown on illegal gatherings

 

New laws come into force from 28 August 2020 in a bid to target and crack down on unlawful gatherings, including house party's and illegal raves. Those facilitating or organising illegal raves, unlicensed music events, or any other unlawful gathering of more than 30 people may face a £10,000 fine. Fines of £100 will continue to be issued to those who participate in illegal gatherings, and fines will double for repeat offences.

 

Police forces will continue to increase patrols to prevent illegal gatherings during the pandemic heading into the August Bank Holiday weekend. You can read the UK government press release in full here.


Face coverings in enclosed public spaces

 

Having previously been advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, on 14 July 2020 it was announced that face coverings would be made mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020. This is in addition to public transport and NHS settings, with fines of up to £100 for those who refuse to comply. Other existing measures should not be ignored, such as keeping socially distant at all times from anyone not in your household or bubble.

 

 



This information page is updated regularly, please click on the links below to go to a section.

 

If you have a query that is not answered on this page and need further support, please email LSH@Liverpool.ac.uk.

 

The government will keep all measures and guidelines under constant review, therefore we advise you to keep up to date with the latest information on the government coronavirus webpages.

 

Important - Latest Local Updates for Liverpool

Latest Government Updates

Useful Documents for Students

Important Information & Documents for LSH Registered Accommodation Providers

Information about COVID - Useful links

Experiencing Symptoms or Tested Positive for COVID

Quarantine for UK Arrivals from Overseas

Support for Students Isolating - Groceries and Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health Support

Contacting your Landlord, Agent or Halls Manager

Financial Support and Guidance

Social Distancing

Searching for Properties - Academic Year 21/22

1 December 2020 - Property Launch and Virtual Housing Fair

Viewing Properties - Virtual and Physical Viewings

COVID Flexible Tenancies

FAQs for Students

FAQs for Accommodation Providers



USEFUL DOCUMENTS FOR STUDENTS (click images to download)


 

Moving In Guide     Property Viewing Checklist     Moving Out Guide     Coronavirus Safety - Property Poster

 

               



IMPORTANT INFORMATION & DOCUMENTS FOR LSH REGISTERED ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS


During this uncertain period, we have worked to keep our registered landlords and letting agents up-to-date with important announcements, guidelines and other relevant information. We have regularly updated this page with these (and other) up-to-date developments and guidance, and below you can view a consolidated source of literature for landlords:

 

Government guidance for landlords and tenants

 

https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/stay-alert-to-stay-safe-/resources/

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses#accommodation

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19#working-in-peoples-homes-as-a-tradesperson-cleaner-or-nanny

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy#annex-a-staying-safe-outside-your-home

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles

 

https://www.nationalcode.org/news/information-and-advice-on-coronavirus-in-student-accommodation-for-housing-suppliers

 

https://www.cubo.ac.uk/page/Student_Belongings

 

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/09/university-students-covid19-faq/

 

www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2020/3/maintenance-work-can-be-carried-out-in-homes-says-government

 

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