Keep a safe distance

Social distancing helps prevent the transmission of coronavirus. You should continue to avoid close contact and remain socially distant from anyone you do not live with. The University and Colleges recommend, wherever possible, you should maintain a two-metre distance (roughly six and a half feet) from people that you do not live with. This advice applies in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Dr Mike Weekes, from the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID) explains what Cambridge-based research has taught us about how the COVID-19 virus spreads and why it is important to socially-distance. You can read more about Mike's research into the transmission of the virus in the hospital setting here:




Households in the University of Cambridge context 

If you live in College accommodation that includes a shared bathroom/shower and/or toilet and/or kitchen area, then all the occupants that share these facilities constitute a ‘household’. The aim here is to keep to a minimum any transmission of the virus between households. Close and consistent adoption of this practice has helped protect students already in Cambridge in the months since lockdown was applied, and we need your help to maintain this to minimise the risk to yourself and others. The size and nature of household will inevitably vary depending upon the type of accommodation available and offered in different Colleges. 

Things you can do

  • Please keep up to date with the evolving PHE guidance on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus, on social distancing and on what you can and can’t do in England as a result of the pandemic.  
  • Take joint responsibility for keeping your room and shared facilities clean: By taking care of cleaning your own room and by cleaning shared facilities each time you use them you reduce the frequency of visits from housekeeping staff, keeping everyone safer. 
  • Communal entrances to accommodation: Be aware of high-contact surfaces including door handles and stair bannisters in communal entrances. Wash your hands before leaving your household and immediately after returning. 
  • Wear a face covering.

If it is not possible to keep a two-metre distance from people outside your household, you can reduce the risk to yourself and others by taking precautions:

  • Limit the number of people or households that you come into contact with, e.g. avoid peak travel
  • Sit / stand side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them
  • Meet people outdoors, rather than indoors
  • Keep interactions brief
  • Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops or crowded indoor environments
  • Increase ventilation
  • Avoid loud talking or singing with others

Please note, if you cannot maintain a distance of two-metres while inside University or College buildings, you will be required to wear a face covering.


Further information

Current Government advice on staying alert and social distancing