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.

National restrictions are currently in place across the whole of England. Check the Government website for information about what you can and cannot do under these restrictions.

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.

Take regular Covid tests

All students returning to the University must book and take a free rapid Covid test at our on-site Test Centre before accessing accommodation or any facilities. You will then need to take a test at least once a week while you are on campus.

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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 must wear a face covering when moving around indoor public areas and during in-person classes. This includes all teaching rooms, communal areas, study spaces, multi-occupancy toilets and shared kitchens.

If you live in a hall of residence, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your household within your hall. You must also comply with face covering rules that apply whenever you’re off campus, for example in shops.

Face coverings at Loughborough College

Loughborough College’s face coverings policy applies everywhere on their campus, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces. Please respect the policy when passing through or spending time on the College campus

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 viewed online.

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Maintain social distance

It’s one of the best ways to protect yourself and others. Stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.

Comply with the rules about meeting others

The current Government rules (with effect from 12th April 2021) state that up to six people, or two households, can meet outside, including in private gardens. You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them.

The government has now introduced a new £800 fine for those attending house parties, including in halls of residence, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400, enforceable by the Police. These fines will apply to those who attend illegal gatherings of more than 15 people from outside their household.

Follow instructions

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Many buildings have one-way systems in place, and additionally some rooms have reduced capacity which is clearly displayed. Look out for posters, signs and floor markings in buildings – they will provide clear instructions to help you navigate your way around.

University staff, our Security team and special Covid-19 Ambassadors will be available to answer any questions you may have. They will also give polite instructions to individuals who aren’t social distancing or wearing face coverings. 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