Rules and current restrictions

What the current restrictions mean for Loughborough students, what are your responsibilities and what we’re doing to help you.

Staying safe is a team effort. We all need to work together to avoid jeopardising the academic year and everything it has to offer.

The rules below are designed to keep you, your fellow students, University staff and members of the wider Loughborough community as safe as possible. You must follow them at all times, even if your weekly Covid test was negative and/or you have been vaccinated.

Your behaviour is not just about minimising the risk to yourself, but also about reducing the possible impact on other members of our community, and their families, who may be vulnerable.

Check the Government website for details of the national guidelines and requirements that are currently in place in England.

Take regular Covid tests

All students coming to the University for the start of term in the autumn will need to take a series of tests: before travelling, before accessing any campus facilities and in the days after arriving at the University. You will then be required to take weekly Lateral Flow Tests at our onsite testing centre throughout the autumn term.

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Stay at home if you’re self-isolating

If you have been instructed to self-isolate or have any Covid-19 symptoms, you must isolate at your term-time residence.

If you don’t adhere to this, you will be risking the health and safety of others and putting the University at risk of a potential outbreak and stricter regulations. Anyone who does not stay at home when required will face University disciplinary action.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you’ll need to tell us via the University’s Connect and Protect service. Connect and Protect enables the University to track possible and confirmed Covid-19 cases on campus and offer our students and staff any necessary support.

Wear face coverings where required

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You should wear a face covering when moving around buildings. We’d also like you to wear face coverings when you’re sitting in classes. If members of staff ask you to wear a face covering in their teaching class, please respect their wishes.

If you aren’t able to wear a covering for underlying health reasons, we would strongly encourage you to obtain a special exemption lanyard by contacting Student Services at

The University policy on the use of face coverings can be viewed online.

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Maintain social distance

There will be some social distancing measures in place around the campus, such as Perspex screens at reception points. Please try to maintain at least 2m distance from others in shared spaces on campus, such as shops and cafes. 

Follow instructions

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Look out for posters, signs and floor markings in buildings – they will provide clear instructions to help you navigate your way around. Some rooms also have reduced capacity which is clearly displayed.

University staff and our Security team will be available to answer any questions you may have. They may also give polite instructions to individuals who aren’t social distancing or wearing face coverings in shared areas. Please follow their instructions – and be polite and respectful.

Maintain good hand hygiene

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Good hand hygiene is highly effective in reducing the spread of the virus.

Please maintain the highest standards of hand hygiene at all times by washing your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds and using the sanitiser stations available across the University.

If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, throw it in the bin and then immediately wash your hands.

Say when it's not OK

If you see anyone behaving irresponsibly, remember that it’s OK to say it’s not OK. Or you can raise your concerns with a member of University staff.

And always be considerate and kind. Some people may have health issues or needs that aren’t immediately obvious and could make wearing a face covering or maintaining social distancing more difficult for them.

How to say when it’s not okay