Guidance for users of all Faculty buildings
during the current Covid-19 pandemic


Apply standards of thoughtful and considerate behaviour:

Consideration for others – regarding the health and safety of other users of the building, for example by sanitizing your hands and shared surfaces, and wearing a face covering when appropriate

Patience – being prepared to wait, for example to let someone pass, or for a room to become empty

Flexibility – some ways of working will have had to change, and others may as the situation develops.

Support – help each other to do the right things, being aware of and reporting risks


Safe working principles:

1)    Those who can safely and productively work from home are encouraged to continue to do so, at least for part of the week.

2)    No-one with symptoms of COVID-19 should come to the building: If you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, or if anyone in your household is self-isolating, you should not come on-site.  If you start to feel unwell with possible COVID-19 symptoms while in the building you should leave and go home immediately. Do not return to site until you are symptom free, even if the test result is negative. See guidance on reporting cases – the Covid-19 contact is Thomas Hall,

3)    Maintain social distancing: Social distancing – maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres between individuals – is the primary measure in place to keep building users safe and should be maintained at all times. There is a low risk for individuals to pass within 2m of each other briefly when moving within the building, wearing face coverings.

4)    Wash or sanitise hands regularly: Sanitiser stations have been put in place throughout the building for increased hand hygiene. This is particularly important when you have touched surfaces which others will also have touched (eg door handles).

5)    Use face coverings: Face coverings must be worn at all times in the building, in line with the University Face Coverings Policy. The exception is when you are alone in single occupancy office, or when seated at a desk in a shared office where other precautions are in place - consistent 2m social distancing as a minimum, with adequate ventilation, cleansing of surfaces, sanitizing hands, and taking care to enter and leave the room with suitable separation. In these cases you must still wear a face covering when entering or leaving the room.


In the event of a suspected or confirmed case: If you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, see guidance on reporting cases – the Covid-19 contact is Thomas Hall,

    For more information, resources and support, please see the Humanities Division's Covid-19 pages here, and the University's Coronavirus pages here.


Oxford University Covid 19 Response