National restrictions to reduce the spread of Coronavirus – 24.03.20

You will already know that the UK Government has announced a number of significant coronavirus measures. These are not voluntary and we must comply with them.

Why this is so important

Looking at the behaviour of the virus, if we can halve exposure, new infections could fall by more than 95%.

Scientists currently believe that each person with coronavirus infects 2.5 people and that takes about five days. Thirty days after that first infection, that means more than 400 people will be infected. If we all reduce our exposure by half, after 30 days, that first infection would have led to only 15 infections.

We are sure you all agree that we must do everything we can keep the rate of infection as low as possible to relieve the strain on the NHS, medical resources and social care.

The major points and what it means for students:

People will be allowed to leave their homes for only “very limited purposes”:

  • shopping for basic necessities like food and medicine, and you are advised to do this “as little as you can”;
  • for any medical need;
  • to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
  • for one form of exercise a day;
  • You must not meet with friends or family members who you do not live with. For those in student accommodation or in houses of multiple occupation, this means not meeting people that don’t live with you whether it is indoors or outdoors.
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with – are banned. Neither should you be gathering in private – including your homes – with people that you are not living with.
  • Stay 2m (6 foot) away from other people not in your household if you go outside.
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close – this includes the University Libraries. The sports facilities on both campuses and Libraries are closed

Colleges will be in contact with you in due course regarding accessing materials you need or alternative arrangements. For up to date information about Library and IT Services, please visit webpages or email customer services.

  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close. Costcutter on Singleton Park Campus and the Core and Tesco on Bay Campus are open, however we ask all customers to comply with social distancing measures. All other campus shops are closed.
  • University buildings, including laboratories will be closed.
  • Some parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed. Swansea Council has closed its parks, however it is worth checking on your local council webpages to find out more if you are no longer in Swansea.
  • All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned. Funerals are not included in the new restrictions.

These restrictions will be reviewed but will remain in place for at least three weeks. They will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to”.

Once again, these restrictions are not voluntary, and we must all comply with them.

Thank you again for your cooperation and your continued patience during this time. We will keep you updated with any changes and we are regularly updating our website for your questions and answers: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/about-us/coronavirus/

Tuesday March 24th, 2020

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