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The UK Government has now confirmed that it plans to move to Step 4 of its Roadmap for lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Monday 19 July. However, with rates of COVID-19 in Oxford 70% above the national average, all staff and students working and studying on site should continue to follow all existing University health guidance. This position will be kept under constant review in coming weeks and will adapt as the local and national situation evolves.
Thank you for all you have done so far to protect our community from COVID-19. Staff and students are asked to remember that COVID-19 remains a real threat to many people in our community and that the pandemic is not yet over.
It’s still important that everyone who is in Oxford continues to follow all of the University's health measures as the vaccine is rolled out:
We realise these measures have been in place for several months, but it’s really important that we all continue to follow all the guidance – even if you have already had COVID-19 or have been vaccinated. This will help to create a safe environment for teaching, research and working across the University, and help to bring University life back to normal.
We also strongly encourage all students who are in Oxford, and all staff who are working on site, to take regular symptom-free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests, twice a week. If you receive a positive result, or develop symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test via the University’s Testing for COVID-19: Early Alert Service.
The main Oxford University COVID19 Response pages for staff contain the most up to date and detailed information for college and university staff, including guidance on the university’s face coverings policy and information about the Early Alert testing service; home-working and wellbeing support for staff who will be continuing to work remotely, and information about teaching and supporting students under the new arrangements.
Please consult the latest updates on the University's Staff COVID-19 pages for information about travel, onsite working, childcare and nursery arrangements under lockdown, and wellbeing support.
If you are concerned about possible COVID symptoms, please see University guidance at www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health/covid-testing