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Omicron - new UK Government rules

Posted on: 30 November 2021

You will have seen news over the last few days of Omicron, the new COVID ‘variant of concern’, including confirmation of cases in the UK. There is much that we do not yet know about this variant, but there are steps you and your family can take to stay safe and reduce the risk of COVID transmission.

The threat of spreading the Coronavirus remains ever present and we must all still be vigilant about infection control adherence. The best defence to stop the virus spreading is by continuing to follow the advice to keep washing our hands (for 20 seconds) regularly, maintaining space (at least two metres) from other people and to ALWAYS wear a face covering as required.


  • Good ventilation for areas can reduce infection rates
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Wear face coverings
  • Social distancing 

What UK Government rules have changed?

  • Travel: more countries have been added to the UK Government's red list over the weekend. Please check this list, and the rules in place, before making travel plans. Anyone entering the UK will need to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival; they will need to self-isolate until they have a negative result.
  • Self-isolation: contacts of suspected Omicron cases must isolate at home for 10 days, whether they have been vaccinated or not. NHS Test and Trace will call contacts to advise them.
  • Face coverings: in England, face coverings will be required in shops and on public transport from tomorrow (Tuesday 30 November), although not in hospitality venues. This means wearing a face covering in our Fresh shop and on buses to and from campus becomes mandatory, unless you’re exempt.

Are you up to date with your COVID vaccinations? 

The best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones remains the same, stay up to date with your vaccinations – whether it is for your first, second or booster dose.

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Get tested

If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is positive, get a PCR test. If you have no symptoms, get a rapid lateral flow test. One in three of us who have the virus don’t show any symptoms.