Living with Covid | reminder of arrangements from today

Email sent to all staff on Friday 1 April 2022.

Dear colleagues, 

Today’s the day when several COVID-19 restrictions at the University come to an end. 

You can find a brief summary below, and refer to full details shared on Thursday 17 March, Living with Covid arrangements at the University of Leeds 

As of today, Friday 1 April, for University colleagues:

  • You no longer need to report a positive test through our COVID-19 report line.
  • If you are unwell and have symptoms of COVID-19, or any other infectious disease (such as flu, sickness or diarrhoea) and are not well enough to work, you should remain at home and report your sickness in the usual way
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or other infectious diseases, and are well enough to work, you should avoid coming onto campus until you have spoken to your line manager. Your line manager will discuss with you whether you should be working, and what adjustments might be able to be made for you, which may include working from home until symptoms have eased. 
  • You, students, and visitors will no longer need to wear face coverings on campus (except for clinical settings where NHS guidance may still require them). People may still choose to wear a face covering, just as many did even before the pandemic, and this should be respected by all members of our community. 
  • There are no longer any specific distancing measures on campus, however you should respect the personal space of others, as we transition away from COVID-19 measures.  
  • If you are concerned about working on campus or your circumstances change, please discuss this with your line manager or human resources manager. 
  • Travel for University activities is permitted, subject to the University travel guidance (We are planning some changes to our travel booking process, including the creation of an internal booking team, which will be in place until the end of this academic year. We will communicate further details in the coming weeks on the travel guidance web page and via eNews). 

Good practice measures that remain in place: 

  • We will continue to ensure that ventilation in indoor spaces meets current guidance and is maintained. Signs that remind people to open windows in areas that require natural ventilation will stay in place. 
  • Cleaning materials are provided for everyone to use in all teaching, laboratory, and office spaces. We all have a responsibility to continue to maintain high personal levels of hygiene, especially by regularly washing our hands.  
  • In line with Government guidance, the University will maintain and update contingency plans in the event of new coronavirus variants of concern, winter illness or other outbreaks. 

Future ways of working 

Work has been continuing to develop a longer-term approach to our ways of working that will embody our new values of collaboration, compassion, inclusivity and integrity, and support our commitment to a fairer future for all, as articulated in our strategy 2020-30 

Information about the work to date will be shared separately in communications with colleagues this spring.  

Best wishes, 

Internal Communications and Engagement  

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